Innocence and the Death Penalty


The most recent exonerees are Henry McCollum (No. 145) and Leon Brown (No. 146) on September 2, 2014.

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

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
The Innocence Project Northwest

Graph as of Mar. 12, 2014

EXONERATIONS BY STATE

As of September 3, 2014 there have been 146 exonerations in 26 different States.

State No   State No   State No   State No   State No
Florida 24   North Carolina 9   Georgia 5   Mississippi 3   Kentucky 1
Illinois 20   Arizona 8   New Mexico 4   Tennessee 3   Maryland 1
Texas 12   Pennsylvania 6   Missouri 4   Indiana 2   Nebraska 1
Oklahoma 10   Ohio 6   California 3   South Carolina 2   Nevada 1
Louisiana 10   Alabama 5   Massachusetts 3   Idaho 1   Virginia 1
                        Washington 1


EXONERATIONS BY YEAR From 1973-1999, there was an average of 3.03 exonerations per year. From 2000-2013, there has been an average of 4.29 exonerations per year. (Graph as of Mar. 12, 2014).

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



EXONERATIONS BY RACE

RACE EXONERATIONS
Black 75
White 57
Latino 12
Other 2

Last Updated Sept. 3, 2014