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DNA saves the day.

WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

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There have been 337 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States.

YEARS OF FREEDOM LOST

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The average length of time served by exonerees is 14 years.

In total, that's 4,718 years innocent people have spent in jail.

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20 of the people exonerated through DNA spent time on death row.

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LEADING CAUSES OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

70%

EYEWITNESS MISIDENTIFICATION was a factor in 70% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.

31%

FALSE CONFESSIONS played a role in 31% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.

46%

IMPROPER FORENSIC SCIENCE was present in 46% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.

16%

INFORMANTS contributed to 16% of post-conviction DNA exoneration cases.

For sources visit reason.com/wrongfullyconvicted

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Title Annotation:Data; wrongful convictions
Publication:Reason Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2016
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