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Washington-- A new national registry of persons exonerated after being wrongfully convicted shows that since 1989 innocent people have spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison, with an average time behind bars of 11 years per person.

WASHINGTON -- A new national registry of persons exonerated after being wrongfully convicted shows that since 1989 innocent people have spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison, with an average time behind bars of 11 years per person.

The National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the law schools of Michigan and Northwestern universities, includes data on 891 individuals exonerated since January 1989. Of those exonerated, 12 percent were sentenced to death and awaiting execution at the time of their release.

A report on the registry's findings notes that it doesn't include most low-level exoneration cases and cannot estimate the total number of false convictions, suggesting that many more innocent persons have been convicted and may still be in prison.

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Date:Jul 1, 2012
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