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Pa. Senate Passes Greenleaf Conviction Integrity Bills Extending Time Limit for Post-Conviction Relief and Expanding DNA Testing

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On Tuesday, April 17th, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted to pass two bill sponsored by Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, 12) to make landmark improvements to Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act […]

Board member featured on ‘New Yorker Radio Hour’ to discuss exoneration case

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A recent episode of the the podcast, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” examines the case of an exoneree named John Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted of two crimes he didn’t […]

Register now for our 9th Anniversary Celebration of our Philadelphia Office – May 9th!!

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We will be celebrating the ninth anniversary of our Philadelphia office on Wednesday May 9, from 6 – 9 PM, at WHYY Studios in Philadelphia. Get tickets here! This year […]

Philly DA agrees to new trial for Dontia Patterson – after 11 years in prison.

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It has taken 11 years from behind bars, but Dontia Patterson will get a fair chance to prove his innocence of murdering his friend, Antwine Jackson, in broad daylight on […]

Podcast news! Undisclosed, Good Law/Bad Law, and Criminal (In)Justice

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If you’re a fan of podcasts, we’ve got a few for you to check out. A few months ago, David Harris interviewed Marissa for his podcast, Criminal (In)justice. They talked about wrongful convictions, how […]

John Thompson, American hero – Dies at 55

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John Thompson survived 14 years on death row, serving a sentence for a crime he had nothing to do with. Upon his exoneration, he tried to hold those who tried […]

HOME!! Shaurn Thomas released after 24 years in prison.

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On May 23, 2017, a jubilant Shaurn Thomas walked out of SCI-Frackville, having served 24 years of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project […]

The Partiality for Bias: Why Understanding Bias is Integral to Discussing Innocence – guest post by Jake Kind

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled “What I learned from Watching Netflix’s Amanda Knox.” The piece examined the relationship between the debate of Knox’s innocence and our […]

Pennsylvania Innocence Project Elects New President

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On December 2, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project elected Howard Scher as its new president. Mr. Scher is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of […]

HOME For the Holidays! All Charges Withdrawn Against Donte Rollins

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Yesterday, 9 years and 17 days after he was convicted of a crime he had nothing to do with, Donte Rollins walked free. In a stunning turn of events, the […]

What I Learned from Watching Netflix’s Amanda Knox – by Jake Kind

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By Jake Kind, Univ. of Pennsylvania, class of 2020 When Amanda Knox captured the world’s attention from a small cell in Italy, I had had no idea that wrongful convictions […]

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is Welcomed in Style

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  The Pennsylvania Innocence Project was honored by the overwhelming turnout for the Pittsburgh launch event on September 27, marking the opening of our office and clinic at Duquesne University […]

Act4Innocents on Wrongful Conviction Day – October 4, 2016

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Wrongful Conviction Day is an international day to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for […]

Tyrone Jones RELEASED After 43 Years in Prison!

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For over 40 years Tyrone Jones has been in prison, convicted of setting a murder he did not commit. While Mr. Jones has yet to be exonerated of the crime, he […]

Tyrone Jones Granted Parole

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On July 28, our client, Tyrone Jones, was among the first of Pennsylvania’s juvenile lifers to be granted parole. Four years ago, in Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled […]

Crystal Weimer is Finally Fully Free – 11 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

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UNIONTOWN, PA: On Monday June 27, 2016, all charges against Crystal Weimer were finally dismissed with prejudice. Crystal has been home since October, 2015, when her conviction was vacated after […]