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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.



5,630 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database
(5-15-2015)

There are cases from 116 countries.

3,370 cases are from the United States

2,260 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

570 people were sentenced to death.

923 people were sentenced to life in prison.

1,943 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.

945 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

2,524 = Total
2,233 = Males
286 = Females
5 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

803 = Homicide cases
84 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
365 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
150 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
173 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
82 - Assault cases
284 = Drug cases
104 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
14 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
133 = Violent Other cases
332 = Non-violent Other cases


U.S. cases
Before 1989


825 = Total
741 = Males
64 = Females
20 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

428 = 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

2,014 = Total
1,723 = Males
266 = Females
25 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

529 = Homicide cases
25 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
209 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
52 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
151 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
102 - Assault cases
100 = Drug cases
100 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
234 = Violent Other cases
506 = 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.