February 8, 2010
Innocence Project Report on the First 250 DNA Exonerations in the US
Coinciding with the 250th Innocence Project client being exonerated through DNA evidence, The Project released 250 Exonerated, Too Many Wrongfully Convicted on Feb. 4, 2010. The 55-page report details each one of the 250 DNA exoneration cases and includes statistics on common causes of the wrongful convictions. From the Report's introduction:
Each wrongful conviction that has been overturned through DNA evidence could have been prevented if eyewitness procedures had been better, if interrogations had been recorded, if crime labs had been subjected to greater oversight, if the system had been more skeptical of jailhouse informants, or if other reforms had been in place. Since the first person in the U.S. was exonerated through DNA, states, counties and individual law enforcement agencies have enacted these reforms.