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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.



5,322 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database
(1-16-2015)

There are cases from 114 countries.

3,135 cases are from the United States

2,187 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

562 people were sentenced to death.

905 people were sentenced to life in prison.

1,893 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.

925 people were convicted of a sexual assault related crime.

192 people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon

U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

2,349 = Total
2,087 = Males
257 = Females
5 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

773 = Homicide cases
83 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
360 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
145 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
150 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
72 - Assault cases
255 = Drug cases
94 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
13 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
121 = Violent Other cases
283 = Non-violent Other cases


U.S. cases
Before 1989


765 = Total
685 = Males
60 = Females
20 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

421 = 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
132 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

1,942 = Total
1,665 = Males
252 = Females
25 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

517 = Homicide cases
24 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
205 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
49 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
149 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
97 - Assault cases
90 = Drug cases
96 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
226 = Violent Other cases
483 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. cases
Before 1989


212 = Total
134 = 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
53 = 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.