COMMON FACTORS
IN WRONGFUL ARSON CONVICTIONS

Since 1991 approximately 40 men and women across the United States have been exonerated from wrongful arson convictions. In over two-thirds of those cases, the unreliable, unscientific, or clearly exaggerated testimony of expert fire investigators played a lead role in the original convictions. 

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CASE STUDIES

George Souliotes
Released from custody on July 4, 2013 after spending 16 years in prison for an accidental fire misidentified as arson.

Todd Willingham
Convicted of setting the fire that killed his three young children, Todd Willingham was executed in 2004. Expert review of the evidence now suggests that the most likely cause of the fire was accidental.

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The Arson Research Project began with a live-fire research project in 2011.

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