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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.



5,413 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database
(3-1-2015)

There are cases from 114 countries.

3,200 cases are from the United States

2,213 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

564 people were sentenced to death.

912 people were sentenced to life in prison.

1,910 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.

936 people were convicted of a sexual assault related crime.

193 people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon

U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

2,408 = Total
2,141 = Males
262 = Females
5 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

784 = Homicide cases
84 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
361 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
149 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
153 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
74 - Assault cases
260 = Drug cases
97 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
14 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
124 = Violent Other cases
308 = Non-violent Other cases


U.S. cases
Before 1989


771 = Total
689 = Males
62 = Females
20 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

424 = Homicide cases
5 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
37 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
1 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
86 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
5 - Assault cases
11 = Drug cases
36 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
31 = Violent Other cases
135 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

1,967 = Total
1,688 = Males
254 = Females
25 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

519 = Homicide cases
24 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
208 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
50 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
149 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
98 - Assault cases
93 = Drug cases
100 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
231 = Violent Other cases
489 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. cases
Before 1989


213 = Total
135 = 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
35 = 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.