13 States Have Never Exonerated a Prisoner Based on DNA Evidence. Here’s Why.

Hundreds of state prisoners have successfully used DNA evidence to win exonerations in the past three decades — except in 13 states.

The states are Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont. Exonerations have occurred in the 13 states, but none in which DNA evidence was central to proving innocence, according to the Innocence Project and the National Registry of Exonerations.

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