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Posted on September 26, 2017 in Crime

Wrongful Convictions in the United States [Infographic]


How Many People Are Effected By Wrongful Convictions?

Wrongful convictions are devastating events that are unfortunately not uncommon. In the United States, there have been 2,095 exonerations of innocent inmates since 1989. In that time, an average of 8.7 years were spent by each person for a crime they did not commit; in total, over 18,250 years were served. The Innocence Project reports that 2-5% of people serving time behind bars are innocent. With about 2 million people incarcerated in the U.S., a 2% innocence rate would be equivalent to 40,000 wasting their lives in jail or prison.

Common Reasons For False Convictions

  • Eyewitness misidentification
  • Unvalidated forensic science
  • False confessions
  • Police misconduct
  • “Snitch” testimony

Wrongful Conviction Statistics

Wrongfully Accused of a Criminal Case infographic by Orent Law

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