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February 2016

Since the November 2015 Newsletter:
31 exonerations have been added
23 contemporaneous exonerations
old exonerations that we recently learned about

1733 Exonerations

2015 - Another Record Year

There were 149 exonerations in the United States in 2015, more than any previous year.

A detailed report on Exonerations in 2015 was released by the Registry today.

There were also record numbers of exonerations with false confessions and guilty pleas. And more exonerations in cases where no crime actually occurred than in any other year. For a short summary of our report click here.

A RECORD 58 HOMICIDE EXONERATIONS IN 2015.

Twenty-two of the defendants falsely confessed - most were kids, mentally disabled or both.

Unmaking Murderers- check out our INFOGRAPHIC about 2015 homicide exonerations here.

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Conviction Integrity Units

 
There were 24 Conviction Integrity Units in the United States in 2015, double the number in 2013.



From what we can tell so far, their performance is highly variable.  Read more here.

Bobby Johnson: Teenagers & False Confessions


Bobby Johnson, a 16-year-old with an IQ of 69, was interrogated by detectives who lied and said they had physical evidence tying him to a murder. They promised him probation if he confessed. Johnson did confess and was convicted. He was exonerated in 2015 after nine years in prison because police had concealed evidence that identified the real killer. Read his full story here.

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