2022 Report: Race and Wrongful Convictions


The National Registry of Exonerations has released a new report, Race and Wrongful Convictions in the United States 2022, showing that:

  • Black people account for 53% of exonerations

  • Black people are 7 times more likely than white people to be falsely convicted of serious crimes and spend longer in prison before exoneration

  • Innocent Black people are about 7 1/2 times more likely to be convicted of murder than innocent white people

  • The convictions that led to murder exonerations of Black defendants were almost 50% more likely to include misconduct by police officers than murder exonerations of white defendants

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