Record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013

The Guardian home newspaper

Peterborough Prison

Eighty-seven people cleared of conviction, including in many cases which investigation revealed no crime ever committed.

The number of people exonerated after they were falsely convicted of crimes in the US has reached an historic high, with 87 walking free last year.

new report from the National Registry of Exonerations finds that almost a third of the people in 2013’s unprecedented crop of exonerations were convicted in cases in which, in fact, no crime was committed – a record-breaking number in itself. Some 22 men and five women were given sentences ranging from probation to life, yet when their convictions were investigated, they were not only found to be innocent, but it was discovered that no offence had occurred in the first place.

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