Texas leads nation in exonerations

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February 6, 2014 4:03:24 AM PST
A new report shows that Texas freed more wrongfully-convicted prisoners than any other state last year.

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Texas exonerated 13 people in 2013.

The National Registry of Exonerations tracks all exonerations in the U.S. since 1989. Texas has 133 exonerations in that time -- ranked third behind New York and California.

CNN reports that some argue the ranking is nothing to brag about because it shows how many innocent people are put behind bars.

Jeff Blackburn, a criminal defense attorney who's dedicated his career to helping the innocent clear their names, says the report reflects the progress Texas has made.

"We have high numbers of exonerations, and that's a good thing," he said. "It shows that we are doing something about the wrongfully convicted."

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