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Texas has once again topped the list of yearly exonerations, according to a recent report.

The National Registry of Exonerations reported 2013 was a record-breaking year for the United States with 87 exonerations in total recorded. Texas, along with Illinois, New York, Washington, California, Michigan, Missouri, Connecticut, Georgia and Virginia topped the list.

Texas had 13 exonerations.

According to the report, "The number of DNA exonerations continued to decline slowly, as it has for most of the past decade, while the number of non-DNA exonerations rose sharply."

Exonerations in which DNA played a roll dropped from 20 cases in 2012 to 18 last year.

From January 1989 through December 2013 1,281 individuals have been exonerated, according to the report. Twenty-eight percent were cleared with the help of DNA evidence, while 72 percent were cleared without DNA assistance.

Forty-seven percent of exonerated cases were homicide related. Thirty-one percent were sexual assault cases.

To date, Texas has exonerated 133 people. California and New York placed about Texas this year, with 136 in California and 152 in New York.

By county, here is Texas' list of exonerations.
Angelina (2)
Atascosa (1)
Bexar (2)
Brown (1)
Burleson (1)
Cameron (1)
Collin (2)
Dallas (49)
El Paso (4)
Ellis (2)
Hale (1)
Harris (22)
Hopkins (1)
Hutchinson (1)
Jefferson (3)
Lamb (2)
Lubbock (2)
McLennan (4)
Montgomery (7)
Navarro (1)
Nueces (2)
Pecos (1)
Rains (2)
San Jacinto (2)
Shelby (1)
Smith (1)
Tarrant (4)
Travis (8)
Upshur (1)
Uvalde (1)
Williamson (1)

To read the full report check it out online.