WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

by JUSTIN McLACHLAN // JUSTINMCLACHLAN.COM

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The number of exonerees identified as guilty by an eye witness
13% 3+

The number of people exonerated by DNA since 1989

30% white

70% minorities

175

Number of witnesses who identified the same innocent defendant

25% 2

The number of exonerees sentenced to death

17

17

239

62% 1

At least 13 percent were identified by 3 or more witnesses

0

1-5

11-19 20 +

EXONERATIONS BY STATE

CT NJ

VT NH

DE MA MD RI DC

The number of people sent to prison in 2009 for crimes they didn’t commit, assuming our justice system is at least 99 percent accurate
SOURCES: INNOCENCEPROJECT.ORG AND THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS

7,309

AK

HI

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