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Public Hearing Friday on SB 1153 – Innocence Should Not Be Time-Barred

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At the time Pennsylvania’s post-conviction access laws were passed in 1995, DNA exonerations were not yet on the radar.  We certainly did not have the awareness then about the flaws […]

Giving Back in the Name of Justice

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Jeffrey Deskovic was just 17 when he was convicted of rape and second-degree murder in the 1989 death of Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school freshman. Deskovic was sentenced to […]

Act4Innocence in Pennsylvania Launch: Eyewitness Mis-Identifications & Wrongful Convictions

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has launched a powerful campaign to create better access to justice in Pennsylvania.  The Act4Innocence in Pennsylvania Campaign aims to support the implementation of practices that will better […]

Pennsylvania Innocence Project to Launch “Act 4 Innocence in Pennsylvania” Campaign

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will soon launch a comprehensive public education campaign to support innocence legislation and policies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Act 4 Innocence in Pennsylvania Campaign […]

Rape Suspect Laughs at Mistakes of Bronx DA’s Office

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A tremendous police backlog and mistakes from the district attorney’s office in the Bronx will free a man whose DNA links him to three violent sexual assaults. Brian Brockington, currently […]

Massachusetts Passes Forensic Analysis Legislation

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The state of Massachusetts has passed a bill that will lessen the amount wrongful conviction at no extra cost to taxpayers. A win-win situation. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill […]

New York State to Expand DNA Database

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The New York State Senate passed a bill that will expand the state’s DNA database for convicted criminals. Previously, the state required that DNA be collected from those convicted of […]

Fund Established in Connecticut to Help the Wrongfully Convicted

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Kenneth Ireland was 18 years old when he was sent to jail for 21 years, until DNA testing conducted on crime scene evidence exonerated him. While no price can be […]

Freedom…30 Years Later

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After having served three decades behind bars for a crime that he says he did not commit, a Dallas man finally had his conviction vacated on  January 4. Ricky Dale […]

Help Protect Conviction Integrity in Pennsylvania.

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Senator Stewart Greenleaf has introduced bills in the Pennsylvania Senate that would put in action the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions.  The first bill, SB 1337, would create […]

Texas Exoneration Evokes Inquiry

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Michael Morton, who served nearly 25 years in prison after being convicted for the 1986 murder of his wife, was officially exonerated on December 26, 2011. Morton had been sentenced […]

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Restitution for the Wrongly Convicted

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You have just been exonerated after DNA evidence has proven you innocent after a wrongful conviction. You are now a free person, but you have no money, no collateral…you have […]

San Francisco Moves to Change Eyewitness Identification Procedures

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In an effort to address challenges presented by traditional eyewitness identification procedures, San Francisco is changing its methods. Under the present system in the city, witnesses are presented with so-called […]

Tankleff Uses His Experience to Fight for Others

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How much would it take to stand up and fight for the lives of those who have been wrongly accused? Martin Tankleff fought for 20 long, hard years for his […]

WHYY’s Radio Times Takes a Look at Eyewitness Testimony

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 WHYY’s Radio Times last week aired a segment called “Reexamining Eyewitness Testimony.” The show featured Brandon Garrett, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and author of Convicting the […]

The Taste of Freedom

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Illinois The taste of freedom was like “breathing new life in my body,” said James Harden, 36, upon his release from the Menard Correctional Center on Friday, November 4. Harden […]

Florida panel recommends taped interrogations

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The Florida Innocence Commission, a panel established in July 2010, recently voted to recommend that police officers record all suspect statements in violent felonies. “One of the benefits of recording […]

Conviction Integrity is Not a “Roadblock to Justice”!

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In September, the long-awaited Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions released its final report. A comprehensive study of wrongful convictions, the report recommends several legislative measures to update current law enforcement […]

Freedom…30 Years Later

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Lousiana It was a feeling of a miracle,” said Henry James Jr., describing his exoneration after serving 30 years in the Angola State Prison for a crime that he did […]

Michael Morton exonerated based on new DNA evidence and extensive prosecutorial misconduct

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After spending 25 years in jail for a crime that he did not commit, Michael Morton was freed on Tuesday, October 4, after DNA evidence cleared him. Morton was wrongfully […]

DNA vs. Confessions

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Chicago, IL “I’ve been waiting on justice for 17 years, and I’m still waiting,” said Terrill Swift as he was reunited with his family members after a hearing on whether […]

Obie Anthony Exonerated in California

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Last week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kelvin Filer vacated Obie Anthony’s murder and attempted burglary convictions. Anthony was represented by The Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara […]

Two Men Exonerated by North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission

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On Thursday, Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxson were exonerated by the country’s only state agency dedicated to investigating innocence claims, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission. 11 years ago, Kagonyera […]

Michael Hansen Exonerated in Minnesota

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In 2004, Mike Hansen was convicted of murdering his three-month old daughter, Avry. There was no physical evidence indicating that Hansen murdered his daughter. A prosecution expert testified that Avry […]