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Wrongful convictions in US overturned at faster pace in 2013: report

Published on Feb 4, 2014 11:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A record number of wrongful convictions were overturned in 2013 due in large part to tougher policing, but many more unjust decisions were left in place, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Out of almost 1,300 criminals whose convictions were overturned in the past 25 years, 87 were exonerated in 2013, the briskest pace since 2009, when 83 were cleared, the National Registry of Exonerations study said.

"2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States... The difference is bound to grow as we learn about additional exonerations that occurred in 2013," the report said.

"That's good news because we are more likely to address the problem that caused false conviction in the first place," the report's lead author Samuel Gross told AFP.

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