Case Profiles

Florida’s exonerees have all been cleared of blame. In fact, by using DNA testing and other non-DNA evidence of actual innocence, they have been proven factually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. The National Registry of Exonerations provides the following definition of an exoneration:

A person has been exonerated if he or she was convicted of a crime and later was either: (1) declared to be factually innocent by a government official or agency with the authority to make that declaration; or (2) relieved of all the consequences of the criminal conviction by a government official or body with the authority to take that action. The official action may be: (i) a complete pardon by a governor or other competent authority, whether or not the pardon is designated as based on innocence; (ii) an acquittal of all charges factually related to the crime for which the person was originally convicted; or (iii) a dismissal of all charges related to the crime for which the person was originally convicted, by a court or by a prosecutor with the authority to enter that dismissal. The pardon, acquittal, or dismissal must have been the result, at least in part, of evidence of innocence that either (i) was not presented at the trial at which the person was convicted; or (ii) if the person pled guilty, was not known to the defendant, the defense attorney and the court at the time the plea was entered. The evidence of innocence need not be an explicit basis for the official action that exonerated the person.

Case Profiles

Learn more about the individuals who were proven innocent in Florida through post-conviction DNA testing and other new evidence of actual innocence.

Learn more about the 57 individuals total who have been proven innocent and exonerated in Florida.  Also, learn about the 25 individuals who have been proven innocent and exonerated from Florida’s Death Row, including the following highlighted cases:

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