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Innocents Database

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

Innocents Database is also available in three sortable versions.

NOTE: A user may find the sortable versions unsuitable for a small screen device (e.g., mobile phones), or slow (e.g., dial-up) Internet connection.

Sortable 1989-2016 U.S. Cases

Sortable Pre-1989 U.S. Cases

Sortable Non-U.S. Cases thru 2016


6,807 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database
(10-21-2016)

There are cases from 117 countries.

4,276 cases are from the United States

2,531 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

571 people were sentenced to death.

913 people were sentenced to life in prison.

2,129 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.

1,037 people were convicted of a sexual assault related crime.

220 people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon

U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

3,372 = Total
2,898 = Males
365 = Females
109 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

925 = Homicide cases
90 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
380 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
198 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
194 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
117 - Assault cases
655 = Drug cases
138 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
18 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
169 = Violent Other cases
488 = Non-violent Other cases


U.S. cases
Before 1989


902 = Total
807 = Males
68 = Females
27 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

431 = Homicide cases
5 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
39 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
3 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
109 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
8 - Assault cases
17 = Drug cases
38 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
46 = Violent Other cases
199 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. Cases
1989 - 2016

2,290 = Total
1,945 = Males
318 = Females
27 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

590 = Homicide cases
25 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
216 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
72 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
166 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
136 - Assault cases
103 = Drug cases
133 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
239 = Violent Other cases
603 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. cases
Before 1989


220 = Total
141 = Males
14 = Females
65 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

53 = 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
39 = Non-violent Other cases


Email a question, correction, or suggested addition to the database to: innocents@forejustice.org

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 .


NOTICE: The Innocents Database is made available to the public on the Internet for education, research, and other non-commercial purposes with the proviso that credit is given to the Innocents Database as the source of information used. A commercial use is not permitted without receiving permission. Reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the database, but no express or implied warranty is made, and by using the Innocents Database the user agrees to hold Hans Sherrer, The Justice Institute and Justice Denied harmless from any legal liability for any use whatsoever, including non-commercial or commercial uses of the database.



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.

Innocents Database
Copyright 1997-2015 Hans Sherrer