These 8 States Had the Most Exonerations in 2019
Last year, 143 wrongfully convicted people were exonerated across the U.S.
04.02.20 By Daniele Selby
In 2019, a total of 143 people were exonerated across the United States, according to the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE) annual report, released on Tuesday. The exonerees spent a cumulative 1,908 years incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, due to factors like official misconduct, mistaken witness identification and false confessions.
Wrongfully convicted people were exonerated in 34 states and Washington, D.C., last year, the NRE reported. These eight saw the highest number of exonerations.
With 30 people exonerated in 2019, Illinois had the highest number of exonerations in the country by far. Nearly half of those exonerated had been wrongfully convicted of drug-related crimes after being framed by a group of corrupt police officers led by Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts. Dozens of people arrested and convicted by Watts and officers under his direction have been exonerated over the past two years.