In Mark Godsey’s ‘Quick Clicks’ yesterday, there was a piece titled “an update from the National Registry of Exonerations,” which currently has logged data on 1,219 exonerations nationwide so far. I hope you were able to check it out, and were able to navigate through the Registry’s updated website.
To me, the most important value of the Registry is that it’s a rich source of real, hard data on the occurrence of wrongful convictions – something that we have historically not had. The registry has been able to publish a statistical analysis of 873 exonerations from 1989-2012, and you can see that report here.
I am a self-admitted data junkie, and when I saw the Registry’s new site, was thrilled to see that they have presented data in graphical form that will be continuously updated. I thought I would highlight two examples for you here.
And congratulations to both Nancy and Jim Petro on being named to the Registry’s Advisory Board. I’m sure you’re aware that Nancy is a contributing editor to this blog.