Innocence and the Death Penalty


The total number of exonerations is 160, with the most recent being Rickey Dale Newman on October 11, 2017.

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.

Description of Innocence Cases

Exoneration Statistics

News and Developments - Current Year

News and Developments - Previous Years

2016 2015 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 October 13, 2017

EXONERATIONS BY STATE

As of October 13, 2017 there have been 160 exonerations in 28 different States.

State No   State No   State No   State No   State No
Florida 27   Arizona 9   Pennsylvania 6   Tennessee 3   Kentucky 1
Illinois 20   North Carolina 9   Mississippi  4   Indiana 2   Maryland 1
Texas 13   Ohio 9   Missouri 4   South Carolina 2   Nebraska 1
Louisiana 11   Alabama 6   New Mexico 4   Arkansas 1   Nevada 1
Oklahoma 10   Georgia  6   California 3   Deleware 1   Virginia 1
            Massachusetts 3   Idaho 1   Washington 1


EXONERATIONS BY 5 YEAR SPAN 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 84
White 62
Latino 12
Other 2

Last Updated October 13, 2017