Record high wrongful convictions

Record high wrongful convictions

A nation-wide push has lead to a record number of exonerations in the last year.

Texas leads the pack with 13 exonerations in 2013, a year that has seen a record number thanks to a push by prosecutors to reexamine wrongful convictions.

Eighty seven people falsely convicted of crimes were cleared last year according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Nearly a third were cases where no crime occurred.According to the study released Tuesday by the universities of Michigan and Northwestern, nearly 40 percent were initiated either by law enforcement or prosecutors.

One author of the study has said the increase in exonerations is positive news, but it doesn't necessarily mean innocent people are spending less time behind bars.

The increase is being attributed to things like district attorneys in counties like Dallas, which have new "conviction integrity" units.