Take a look for yourself in the link at the bottom of the page.
This is from the National Registry of Exonerations. Please note which charge has the highest percentage of perjury/false accusation and the 2nd highest percentage of official misconduct. Or how about the highest percentage of mistaken witnesses ID? All of those who were exonerated in those two categories would have been required to register with the public registry. Shouldn’t we be concerned that the current system allows innocent people to be charged and convicted of crimes that never occurred? What current policies and opinions do the courts have that allow those that are innocent to be punished for these crimes they never committed? These are a mix of individuals who took a plea bargain and were convicted at trial.
This data shows an alarming reality that should involve changes and reconsiderations from the DOJ as well as victim rights organizations. Changes that would be based on data and truth instead of knee jerk reactions and assumptions based on “feelings.”
However, it has yet to be utilized (just like the DOJ recidivism study of registrants that is the lowest of all) and, the sad reality of this is all too apparent for those that are forced to be judged and ruled by lack of solid, data based policies and laws as well as those who are falsley accused.
Here is a link to search the database by case: https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/browse.aspx