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At A Glance

Texas Exoneration Statistics

Number of DNA Exonerations: 49
Number of non-DNA Exonerations: Unknown
Average Number of Years Incarcerated*: 13.5
Number of DNA Exonerations Prior to 2001+: 7
Number of DNA Exonerations Since 2001+: 41
Leading Cause of Wrongful Convictions: False Eyewitness Identifications
Percentage of Cases involving an Eyewitness ID Error*: 80%

*Statistic based on Texas’s first 40 DNA exonerations.
+In 2001, Texas enacted a post-conviction DNA access law (Chapter 64 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure), which streamlined the process for defendants to request DNA testing in order to prove their innocence.

Texas DNA Exonerations by County

Collin County: 1
Dallas County: 24
Ellis County: 1
El Paso County: 1
Harris County: 8
Lubbock County: 1
McLennan County: 1
Montgomery County: 2
Navarro: 1
Smith County: 1
Tarrant County: 2
Travis County: 4
Uvalde County: 1
Williamson County: 1

Texas DNA Exonerations by Year

1994: Gilbert Alejandro
1997: Kevin Byrd, Ben Salazar
2000: A.B. Butler, Roy Criner, Carlos Lavernia, Anthony Robinson
2001: David Shawn Pope, Calvin Washington, Mark Webb
2002: Richard Danziger, Christopher Ochoa, Victor Thomas
2003: Wiley Fountain
2004: Donald Wayne Good, Josiah Sutton
2005: Entre Nax Karage, Brandon Moon, George Rodriguez, Keith Turner
2006: Eugene Henton, Billy Miller, Arthur Mumphrey, Billy Smith
2007: Larry Fuller, James Giles, Andrew Gossett, James Waller, Greg Wallis
2008: Michael Blair, Charles Chatman, Thomas McGowan, Steven Phillips, Ronald Taylor, Patrick Waller
2009: Timothy Cole, Jerry Evans, Johnnie Lindsey, Ricardo Rachell, James Woodard
2010: Allen Porter, Michael Green
2011: Cornelius Dupree, Johnny Pinchback, Michael Morton
2012: James Williams, Raymond Jackson, David Wiggins
2013: Randolph Arledge

National Registry of Exonerations

If you are interested in exonerations in Texas and beyond, there is a great resource to consult at the National Registry of Exonerations.

The National Registry of Exonerations is a joint project of theUniversity of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. They provide detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges.  

Since its launch in 2012, many new cases have been added to the registry.  As of this writing the total is at 1064 exonerations.  From the older or lesser-known exonerations to those whose freedom has not yet been secured - the number is sure to keep rising.  Follow the link below to learn more!

National Registry of Exonerations