OVER 1,850 EXONERATED SINCE 1989
from U.S. prisons for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
Through the efforts of the Innocence Network and others, over 340 men and women have been released from prison after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit.read the profiles
Official misconduct includes both police and prosecutorial misconduct. Coercive conduct and poor investigation by police can lead to wrongful convictions. Law enforcement officials have also used forced confessions, violence toward suspects, and manufactured evidence, which have led to wrongful accusations and convictions. Prosecutor misconduct includes suppression of exculpatory evidence, destruction of evidence, use of unreliable and untruthful witnesses and snitches, and the fabrication of evidence.
Official misconduct was a contributing factor in 47% of all exonerations on record since 1989. In the first 74 cases of exoneration, we can break this down further under two categories: Police Misconduct and Prosecutorial Misconduct.
Police Misconduct in the first 74 exonerated cases:
Prosecutorial Misconduct in the first 74 exonerated cases:
Police and prosecutors need to be trained to avoid, and held accountability for, using improper techniques. One step would be to create disciplinary committees that would focus on the misconduct of police officers and prosecutors. In addition, the higher involvement of federal agencies could also work to limit official misconduct.