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Since 1973, 156 people have been released from death row after evidence of their innocence was uncovered. A shocking rate of error has emerged: for every nine people executed in this country, one innocent person has been exonerated.

Wrongful convictions have been found to result from erroneous eyewitness identifications, false and coerced confessions, misconduct by police and prosecutors, inadequate legal defense, false or misleading forensic evidence, and perjury by witnesses who are promised lenient treatment or other incentives in exchange for their testimony.

Nine people have been exonerated in Alabama. Walter McMillian, Randall Padgett, Gary Drinkard, Louis Griffin, Wesley Quick, James Cochran, Charles Bufford, Anthony Ray Hinton, and Daniel Moore were found not guilty of the crimes that originally put them on Alabama's death row.


EJI honored Debbie Berkovits, who championed the release of the man who shot her during a robbery when he was only 13

EJI 2017 Champion of Justice Debbie Berkovits with Ian Manuel.

April 7, 2017

Innocent black people are about 7 times more likely to be convicted of murder than innocent white people.

Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on Alabama's death row for crimes he did not commit.

March 10, 2017

Prosecutorial misconduct tainted McCoy's conviction and death sentence.

January 27, 2017

Tommy Arthur's case highlights prosecutorial misconduct, the denial of adequate defense counsel, and questions of innocence.

November 2, 2016