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  1. “DNA exoneration” is the process of a person being proved innocent post-conviction through DNA testing and evidence.
  2. In the US, there have been 1467 exonerations, 321 of them involving DNA.
  3. The first DNA exoneration case involved Gary Dotson and took place in 1989 in Chicago.
  4. The average length of sentence time served by DNA exonerees is 13.6 years. The total number of years served by all DNA exonerees is 4,156 years.
  5. James Bain of Florida was exonerated with DNA testing after serving the longest false imprisonment sentence -- 35 years.

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  1. 70% of prisoners exonerated by DNA testing are people of color.
  2. 2013 had the highest number of total exonerations with 91, 18 involving DNA exoneration and 73 non-DNA exonerations.
  3. Texas holds the highest number of DNA exonerations at 49.
  4. 75% of DNA exonerations stem from misidentification from an eyewitness.
  5. 27 states provide compensation for each year the exonerees were wrongfully imprisoned once they’ve been released.
  6. If given enough time, at least 1 in 25 people would be exonerated from death row in the US.

Sources

  • 1

    The Free Dictionary. “Exoneration.” Farlex, 2007. Web Accessed November 7, 2014.

  • 2

    Innocence Project. “DNA Exoneree Case Profiles.” 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 3

    Bluhm Legal Clinic: Center on Wrongful Conviction. “First DNA Exoneration: Gary Dotson.” Northwestern Law, 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 4

    CNN. “Exonerated: Cases by the numbers.” December 4, 2013. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 5

    Sterbenz, Christina. “Innocent Man Freed After 35 Years Has An Incredible Outlook On life.” Business Insider, October 18, 2013. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 6

    Sterbenz, Christina. “Innocent Man Freed After 35 Years Has An Incredible Outlook On life.” Business Insider, October 18, 2013. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 7

    The National Registry of Exonerations. “Exonerations by Year: DNA and Non-DNA.” November 7, 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 8

    The Innocence Project of Texas. “At A Glance: Texas Exoneration Statistics.” 2013. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 9

    Innocence Project. “Eyewitness Misidentification.” 2014. Web Accessed April 15, 2015. .

  • 10

    Rokus, Brian. “Time doesn’t pay, wrongfully imprisoned find.” CNN, March 29, 2012. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

  • 11

    Reardon, Sara. “Death-penalty analysis reveals extent of wrongful convictions.” Nature, April 28, 2014. Web Accessed November 7, 2014. .

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