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National Registry of Exonerations Created

This week, the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University of Law launched the first National Registry of Exonerations at exonerationregistry.org. This new joint project represents the largest collection of such cases ever assembled and it will be continually updated.

The purpose of studying exonerations is to learn how to prevent and correct false convictions. The Registry was released with a report, Exonerations in the United States, 1989 – 2012, available at exonerationregistry.org.

Of the 873 exoneree files that provide extensive case details, 101 of convictions were death sentences. Those 873 exonerated defendants spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison.

For more information:
Associated Press: Study: 2,000 Convicted Then Exonerated in 23 Years
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/05/21/us/politics/ap-us-wrongly-con...

Los Angeles Times: Registry tallies over 2,000 wrongful convictions since 1989
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dna-revolution-2012...

USA Today: Wrongful convictions shine spotlight on judicial system
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-05-20/wrongful-conviction...

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