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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 1989-2015 U.S. Cases

Sortable Pre-1989 U.S. Cases

Sortable Non-U.S. Cases thru 2015


6,184 Cases Currently Listed in the Innocents Database
(1-26-2016)

There are cases from 117 countries.

3,782 cases are from the United States

2,402 cases are from a country other than the U.S.

569 people were sentenced to death.

913 people were sentenced to life in prison.

1,997 people were convicted of a homicide related crime.

975 people were convicted of a sexual assault related crime.

216 people were posthumously exonerated by a court or a pardon

U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

2,901 = Total
2,543 = Males
327 = Females
31 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

864 = Homicide cases
86 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
373 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
170 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
183 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
99 - Assault cases
444 = Drug cases
126 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
15 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
154 = Violent Other cases
387 = Non-violent Other cases


U.S. cases
Before 1989


881 = Total
790 = Males
67 = Females
24 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

432 = Homicide cases
5 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
37 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
2 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
101 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
7 - Assault cases
18 = Drug cases
37 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
0 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
46 = Violent Other cases
196 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. Cases
1989 - 2015

2,156 = Total
1,843 = Males
287 = Females
26 = Other (Businesses, etc.)

569 = Homicide cases
25 = Homicide & Sexual Assault cases
212 = Sexual Assault/Rape cases
60 = Child Sexual Assault/Sex Abuse cases
163 = Robbery/Theft/Burglary/Extortion cases
114 - Assault cases
102 = Drug cases
119 = Fraud/Forgery/Embezzelment/Bribery cases
6 = Child Abuse/Assault cases
237 = Violent Other cases
549 = Non-violent Other cases

Non-U.S. cases
Before 1989


218 = Total
139 = 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
37 = 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