BENEFITING: Innocence Project
ORGANIZER: Innocence Project
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
Innocence Project wrote -
316 People in the U.S. Have Been Exonerated by DNA
Facts on post-conviction DNA exonerations:
- The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 36 states and the District of Columbia; since 2000, there have been 247 exonerations.
- 18 of the 316 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row. Another 16 were charged with capital crimes but not sentenced to death.
- The average length of time served by exonerees is 13.5 years. The total number of years served is 4,206.
- The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27.
- In more than 25% of cases in a National Institute of Justice study, suspects were excluded once DNA testing was conducted during the criminal investigation.
- 69% of the people exonerated through DNA testing have been financially compensated. 37 states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia have passed laws to compensate people who were wrongfully incarcerated.
- An Innocence Project review of closed cases from 2004-2010 revealed that 22% of cases were closed because of lost or destroyed evidence.
- The true suspects and/or perpetrators have been identified in 153 (or 49%) of DNA exoneration cases.