Posted March 7, 2017 02:21 pm - Updated March 7, 2017 02:33 pm

Exonerations across U.S. continue to rise (Interactive data blog)

The number of individuals exonerated in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2016, with 166 exonerations nationwide, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. In fact, exonerations have been on the rise throughout the years with 160 exonerations in 2015 and 147 the previous year.

So far this year, there have been 26 exonerations, with six of those exonerations in Texas, according to the registry. Texas saw a large  jump in exonerations in 2014, when there were 42 exonerations. Prior to that exonerations which took place between 1989 and 2013 ranged between one and 16.

There have only been two exonerations in Lubbock County since 1989, according to the registry.

The first exoneration in 2009 was of a man named Timothy Cole, who was wrongfully accused of rape and sentenced to 25 years in prison. His case gained national attention for marking Texas’ first posthumous exoneration in Texas. Click here for more on Cole’s case.

The county’s second exoneration was in 2010. According to the exoneration registry, Darian Contee was wrongfully imprisoned on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm after police confiscated a handgun and arrested him at a motel in Lubbock in 2007. Three years later, “police took the weapon out of storage to carry out ballistic tests because they suspected it was used in a homicide. Crime lab technicians then discovered that the gun was actually an air pistol,” according to the registry

Those two exonerations are among the 2,000 exonerations listed on the National Registry on Exonerations. Below, the organization has mapped out exonerations across the state, including information on the number of years inmates spent in prison before being exonerated as well as the crimes for which they were wrongfully charged.

Explore the data below or by clicking here