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On May 21, the Registry
celebrated its Fourth Anniversary!


We started with 891 exonerations. In four years,
we have more than doubled that number, to 1,820.

 

1820 Exonerations

New Data Visualization and Analysis Tool

We’re delighted to introduce a new interactive tool! Use the clickable map & graph to filter and display exonerations by State, Race, Contributing Factors, Crime, Year, and more.
 
For 50 Years, You’ve Had “The Right to Remain Silent”

So why do so many suspects confess to crimes they didn’t commit?
 
"You have the right to remain silent." We know that line. It’s the first of the Miranda warnings, named for Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court decision that required them 50 years ago last week.
 
In 1966, false confessions seemed like a rare problem. Fifty years later, we’ve seen hundreds of exonerations of innocent defendants who confessed to terrible crimes after they received Miranda warnings. It’s a good time to take stock. Read more here.
 After two years on the job, Research Fellow Kaitlin Jackson left the Registry at the beginning of June to continue her career as a criminal defense attorney. We cannot thank Kaitlin enough for her many contributions to the Registry! We will miss her badly, and wish her all the best at the Bronx Defenders in New York, where she now works.
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Using Threats to Secure Confessions - The Case of Richard LaPointe

In 1987, Richard LaPointe’s wife’s grandmother was raped and murdered, and her house was set on fire. In 1989, after nine hours of interrogation—including threats to arrest his wife and remove his son from their home— LaPointe (who has learning disabilities) confessed. He was exonerated in 2015 by DNA and by evidence that the fire started when he was at his own home. Read his story.
  We are delighted to announce that Klara Stephens joined the Registry in May as a Research Fellow. Klara comes to us after two years at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office in Florida.  She’s a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan Law School, where she spent two years working for the school's Innocence Clinic. Read about her background here.  Welcome Klara!
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