Exoneration Statistics: Market Report & Data

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"As of October 15, 2021, there have been 2,800 exonerations in the United States since 1989."

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"More than 126,400 years on combined imprisonment have been put right through exonerations as of October 15, 2021."

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"Approximately 29% of all exonerations involve Black defendants wrongfully convicted of drug crimes."

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"In 2020, there were 129 exonerations in the U.S., the lowest annual total since 2011."

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"On average, exonerees have spent 13 years in prison before release."

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"Illinois leads the country in exonerations per capita, with 3.95 cleared for every 100,000 residents."

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"One-fifth (20%) of exonerations since 1989 involve defendants who had initially pleaded guilty."

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"Around 54% of all exonerations involve perjury or false accusation."

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"289 of the first 325 DNA exoneration cases in the U.S. were rapes and/or murders."

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"Approximately 36% of people who were wrongfully convicted and later exonerated were initially convicted due to mistaken witness identification."

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