HOUSTON – A new report says a record 149 people falsely convicted of crimes were exonerated last year in the U.S.
The report released Wednesday by the National Registry of Exonerations says 2015 had 10 more exonerations than 2014, which had the previous highest total since the group began keeping records in 1989.
Texas had the most exonerations in 2015 with 54. New York was second with 17.
According to the report, a record 58 exonerated defendants had been convicted of homicide.
Illinois had the most number of homicide exonerations with 11, followed by New York with 9 and Alaska with 4.
The registry is a project of the University of Michigan Law School and has documented more than 1,730 such cases in the U.S.