Innocence and the Death Penalty


The total number of exonerations is 155, with the most recent being Larry Lee on June 8, 2015

List of Exonerees Since 1973 Description of each exoneration available by clicking the names on the list.  Includes criteria for inclusion on list.

Innocence Database Searchable database of all exonerations since 1973 - allows you to search and sort for cases by year, state, race, and other variables.  Description of each exoneration also available here by clicking the names on the list.

Exoneration Statistics

News and Developments - Current Year

News and Developments - Previous Years

2014 2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002

Further Innocence Information:

DPIC Resources:

Read DPIC's 2004  Innocence Report

Innocence and the Death Penalty, 1997

Innocence and the Death Penalty, 1993

 

 

To contact individuals who have been exonerated from death row, visit

Witness to Innocence

For Information about Innocence Projects across the country, visit

The Innocence Project

Graph as of July 22, 2015

EXONERATIONS BY STATE

As of June 8, 2015 there have been 155 exonerations in 26 different States.

State No   State No   State No   State No   State No
Florida 25   Arizona 9   Pennsylvania 6   Massachusetts 3   Kentucky 1
Illinois 20   North Carolina 9   Mississippi  4   Tennessee 3   Maryland 1
Texas 13   Ohio 9   Missouri 4   Indiana 2   Nebraska 1
Louisiana 10   Alabama 6   New Mexico 4   South Carolina 2   Nevada 1
Oklahoma 10   Georgia  6   California 3   Idaho 1   Virginia 1
                        Washington 1


EXONERATIONS BY YEAR From 1973-1999, there were an average of 3.03 exonerations per year. From 2000-2013, there have been an average of 4.29 exonerations per year.

To find the number of exonerations in any single year, use the innocence database.



EXONERATIONS BY RACE

RACE EXONERATIONS
Black 81
White 60
Latino 12
Other 2

Last Updated July 22, 2015