The Innocence Record is a collection and collation of available public documents concerning the nearly 300 persons who have been wrongfully convicted and later exonerated through DNA evidence. The circumstances of each exoneree's wrongful conviction is profiled on the site, along with information concerning the court proceedings and participants. The available and collected public records, as well as case abstracts summarizing key information from those documents are available for the first time in searchable form over the World Wide Web.
This document database and website are the products of a unique collaboration between Winston & Strawn LLP and The Innocence Project. The public records and court files were gathered through the cooperation and perseverance of more than 700 volunteers, including attorneys, court personnel, paralegals and law students. Once obtained, the files were then digitally imaged and carefully reviewed for key data by attorneys and summer associates of Winston & Strawn. This data was then input into a searchable database that can be engaged in numerous ways.
The gathering and mining effort is ongoing and has consumed more than 20,000 volunteer hours to date. If you are in possession of documents you'd like to contribute to the record, please reference the "Submit Documents" button on the right.
It is our hope and expectation that careful examination and study of these documents will provide a greater understanding of why wrongful convictions occur, and lead to systemic improvements in our justice system.
The Innocence Record
is a web-based collection and collation of available public documents concerning the more than 200 persons who have been exonerated in various U.S. jurisdictions through the presentation of post-conviction DNA evidence. Each exoneree's life and the circumstances of their wrongful conviction is profiled on the site, along with critical information concerning the court proceedings and participants.
It is our hope and expectation that careful examination and study of these documents will provide a greater understanding of why wrongful convictions have occurred in the past, and lead to systemic improvements in our justice system that will help prevent wrongful convictions from occurring in the future.