For those keeping track, the 5-month old National Registry of Exonerations has posted its 1,000th case.
The registry, run by the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, is trying to provide detailed information about all exonerations since 1969. It's adding new ones at a rate of nearly five per week.
The 1,000th exoneree is Lawrence Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was jailed for two years for assault in a case of mistaken identity. According to the registry, Williams was cleared after an investigation by the Kings County District Attorney's Office proved his innocence.
According to Samuel Gross, editor of the Registry and law professor at the University of Michigan, more prosecutors around the country are creating "conviction integrity units" to prevent and reverse false
convictions, including the district attorneys in Dallas, Manhattan and Santa Clara County, Calif.,
as well as Kings County, N.Y.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez started a conviction integrity unit in February.
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