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- “DNA exoneration” is the process of a person being proved innocent post-conviction through DNA testing and evidence.
- In the US, there have been 1467 exonerations, 321 of them involving DNA.
- The first DNA exoneration case involved Gary Dotson and took place in 1989 in Chicago.
- The average length of sentence time served by DNA exonerees is 13.6 years. The total number of years served by all DNA exonerees is 4,156 years.
- 70% of prisoners exonerated by DNA testing are people of color.
- 2013 had the highest number of total exonerations with 91, 18 involving DNA exoneration and 73 non-DNA exonerations.
- Texas holds the highest number of DNA exonerations at 49.
- 75% of DNA exonerations stem from misidentification from an eyewitness.
- 27 states provide compensation for each year the exonerees were wrongfully imprisoned once they’ve been released.
- If given enough time, at least 1 in 25 people would be exonerated from death row in the US.