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The majority of individuals falsely convicted of felonies are men, and half are African-American, according to study conducted by two universities.
Over 23 years, the United States has imprisoned and later exonerated 2,000 in serious crime cases, found the study by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law.
The schools compiled their findings in a database, which is the most complete list of exoneration ever, reports The Associated Press.
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DNA evidence led to exoneration in one-third of 416 homicide cases and two-thirds of 305 sexual assault cases.
From the AP report:
The database compiled and analyzed by the researchers contains information on 873 exonerations for which they have the most detailed evidence. The researchers are aware of nearly 1,200 other exonerations, for which they have less data.
They found that those 873 exonerated defendants spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison, an average of more than 11 years each.
Santae Tribble, a Washington, D.C. man convicted of murdering a taxi driver in 1978, had his conviction overturned by a judge last week.
DNA evidence and police files clear him, his attorneys say