More innocents freed in 2015 than any other year

“At least 149 defendants were cleared last year, 10 more than in 2014, according to a review by the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan’s law school that tracks such cases and also aims to reform the criminal justice system. The inmates had spent more than 14 years behind bars on average. Some served more than three decades in prison. The annual tally of false convictions has more than doubled since 2011, the registry said. On average, nearly three convictions were overturned every week last year. All told, the project has recorded 1,733 exonerations since 1989.”

via NYT

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