The National Registry of Exonerations, which has been a project of the University of Michigan Law School since 2012, next month will become a joint project of that school with the Newkirk Center for Science and Society at the University of California at Irvine and the Michigan State University College of Law. The registry provides detailed information about every known U.S. exoneration since 1989, which it defines as cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and was later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence. The registry has documented 1,868 cases so far.
Simon Cole, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and director of the Newkirk Center at Irvine, will become the registry director. Barbara O’Brien, Professor of Law at Michigan State University, will become editor, and Catherine Grosso, also a law professor at Michigan State, will be an associate editor. Law Prof. Samuel Gross of the University of Michigan, who has directed the registry and was its co-founder, will become Senior Editor. Senior Researcher Maurice Possley and Research Fellow Klara Stephens will retain their roles.