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Innocents Database

Browse the Innocents Database by LAST name
 
The database index is sorted by LAST names. Click on a person whose information page you want to go to.


Browse the Innocents Database by LOCATION of conviction

The database index is sorted by the LOCATION where a person was convicted. Click on a person whose information page you want to go to.

Browse the Innocents Database by YEAR of exoneration

The database index is sorted by the YEAR of a person's exoneration. Click on a person whose information page you want to go to.



5,711 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database
(6-30-2015)

There are cases from 116 countries.

3,420 cases are from the United States

2,291 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

569 people were sentenced to death.

921 people were sentenced to life in prison.

1,973 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.

952 people were convicted of a sexual assault related crime.

195 people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon

U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

2,575 = Total
2,271 = Males
298 = Females
5 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

819 = Homicide cases
84 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
367 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
153 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
174 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
87 - Assault cases
291 = Drug cases
104 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
15 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
143 = Violent Other cases
338 = Non-violent Other cases


U.S. cases
Before 1989


826 = Total
742 = Males
64 = Females
20 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

429 = Homicide cases
5 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
37 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
1 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
100 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
7 - Assault cases
12 = Drug cases
37 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
43 = Violent Other cases
155 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

2,045 = Total
1,746 = Males
274 = Females
25 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

544 = Homicide cases
25 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
210 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
53 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
154 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
105 - Assault cases
100 = Drug cases
102 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
234 = Violent Other cases
512 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. cases
Before 1989


214 = Total
136 = Males
14 = Females
64 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

50 = Homicide cases
1 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
3 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
1 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
45 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
13 = Assault cases
4 = Drug cases
7 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
54 = Violent Other cases
36 = Non-violent Other cases


The Innocents Database includes persons whose presumption of innocence was restored after their conviction was overturned on direct appeal or post-conviction appeal and they were not retried, persons acquitted after a retrial, and persons granted an executive or legislative pardon based on evidence of their innocence. The sources of information include official court reports, books, and newspaper and magazine articles. Each person's record in the database includes one or more sources for the information about the person's case. For a detailed explanation of the cases included in the Innocents Database see the article "An Exoneration Can Be Judicial Or By Executive Or Legislative Clemency," online at, http://justicedenied.org/wordpress/archives/2811 .

If you have a question, suggestion, or correction, email innocents@forejustice.org



Hans Sherrer, whose website is forejustice.org, created the Innocents Database in 1997 and continues to maintain it. The database is linked to Justice Denied's website as a courtesy to supplement Justice Denied's activities on behalf of the wrongly convicted world-wide.