Edelman & Edelman, P.C.
Over $300,000,000 Recovered For Our Clients

Report: African Americans are more likely to face wrongful convictions

According to a new report that examined roughly 1,900 exonerations nationwide, innocent African Americans are far more likely than other races to be wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit.

The report, which was issued today by the National Registry of Exonerations and titled Race and Wrongful Convictions in the United States, found that 47 percent of all exonerations reviewed involved African Americans, which is more than three times their actual percentage of the U.S. population.

In addition, the report discovered that African Americans make up a "great majority" of the more than 1,800 additional innocent individuals who were cleared in "group exonerations" after being framed and convicted in multiple large-scale police scandals.

Just how bad is it?

Unfortunately, this report uncovered several more troubling statistics. For instance, based on the analysis of the 1,900 wrongful convictions and exonerations listed by the National Registry of Exonerations, researchers found that:

  • Misconduct, including hiding evidence and witness tampering, was found in 76 percent of cases in which African Americans were wrongfully convicted, and later exonerated, of murder.
  • Innocent African Americans are roughly seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than innocent white individuals.
  • Innocent African Americans who are wrongfully convicted of murder, but later exonerated, spent, on average, three years longer in prison than white individuals who were exonerated for murder.
  • Innocent African Americans are roughly 12 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of drug crimes than innocent white individuals.
  • Innocent African Americans in jail for sexual assault are three-and-a-half times more likely to be innocent than their white counterparts.

While the researchers noted that several factors may be contributing to these discrepancies among races, the report nevertheless raises the issue of whether the justice system is truly blind.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Client Testimonial Video

Watch a quick video to hear the story of one of our clients:

View More Videos: VIDEO CENTER
Super Lawyers
Edelman & Edelman, P.C. Attorney at Law BBB Business Review
National Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association: Top 25 Martindale Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer rated for highest level of professional excellence | 2017 Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 trial lawyers 10 Best Attorneys | American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers

Call 212-235-1197 or contact us below to find out how we can help.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Schedule Your Free Consultation With A Lawyer

For construction accidents, personal injury and wrongful conviction claims, you will not find a more qualified legal team than Edelman & Edelman, P.C. We invite you to contact us to schedule a no-obligation initial consultation where you can learn more about how we can help you.

Please call 212-235-1197 or contact us via email to arrange an appointment.

Edelman & Edelman, P.C.
61 Broadway | Suite 2220 | New York, NY 10006

Free Consultations       Phone: 212-235-1197