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The Sad Stats Behind Wrongful Convictions

Since 1989, 300 convictions have been overturned as a result of DNA evidence. Eighteen of those convicted were on death row.


Yet wrongful conviction remains an issue across the country, often with devastating effects.

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DNA Testing

  • 60% of people who have been exonerated using these methods have been financially compensated.
  • The average person spent 13 years in prison before being released.
  • Around 3,944 years have been served in prison by innocent people.
  • With 46 exonerations, Texas reversed the most false convictions solved by DNA.
  • Roughly 72% of wrongful convictions involve an eyewitness misidentification.
  • 40% of all exonerations were the direct result of a DNA test since 2000.

Wrongful Convictions

  • During the past 23 years, over 2,000 wrongfully convicted individuals have been overturned.
  • Of the 873 exonerations recorded by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center for Wrongful convictions, 416 are homicide cases.
  • Other cases involved.
Sexual Assault 203
Child Sex Abuse 102
Non-Violent Crimes 58
Robbery 47
Other Violent Crimes 47
  • 51% of these cases involved perjury or a false imprisonment.
  • 42% of them cited official misconduct as the reason for the falsehood.
  • In Illinois alone, $214 million tax dollars have been spent to imprison innocent people…for a combined total of 946 years.
  • The United States Justice Department estimates that 8% to 12% of all prisoners on the state level are actually or factually innocent.

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