The Sad Stats Behind Wrongful Convictions
Since 1989, 300 Convictions have been overturned as a result of DNA evidence. Seventeen people wrongfully convicted were sent to death row
Yet wrongful conviction remains an issue across the country, often with devastating consequences.
60% of people who have been exonerated using these methods have been financially compensated
The average person spent 13 years in prison before being released
Roughly 3,944 years have been served in prison by innocent people.
With 46 exonerations, Texas reversed the most false convictions after they were solved by DNA testing
Approximately 72% of wrongful convictions involve eyewitness misidentification
40% of all exonerations since 2000 were the direct result of DNA testing
During the past 33 years over 2,000 wrongfully convicted individuals have been exonerated
Of the 873 exonerations recorded by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center for Wrongful Convictions, 416 were homicide cases
Other cases involved:
203 sexual assault
102 child se abuse
58 non-violent crimes
47 other violent crime
51% of these cases involved perjury or false imprisonment
42% of them cited official misconduct as the reason for the falsehood.
In Illinois alone: $214 million tax dollars have been spent to imprison innocent peopleﾊﾗ_for combined total of 946 years
The United States Justice Department estimates that 8% to 12% of all prisoners on the state level are actually or factually innocent.