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Peter Neufeld Responds to Anita Alvarez’ Open Letter to 60 Minutes

Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn reached out to Innocence Project co-founder Peter Neufeld for a response to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’ ‘open letter’ following the airing of a devastating […]

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez Responds to 60 Minutes Interview … Kind Of

After being universally drubbed for her comments during a recent 60 Minutes segment on false confessions in Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wrote to the head of CBS […]

It’s Not Misconduct, It’s Human Nature.

Stories about people confessing to crimes they know nothing about seem to be all over the news. This Sunday, 60 minutes ran a segment on a group of men from […]

St. Louis Man Finally Free After Thirty Years

George Allen Jr. left a courthouse in Jefferson County, Missouri a free man on Wednesday after spending thirty years in jail for crimes he didn’t commit. To saw that it […]

North Carolina man gains freedom after serving 24 years for rape he didn’t commit

It took three judges 30 minutes to determine what others couldn’t in  two and a half decades: Willie Grimes was not guilty of the 1987 rape for which he served […]

Pennsylvania DNA Testing Still Lagging

As reported recently by the Pittsburgh Tribune, Pennsylvania’s efforts to use DNA as a swift tool for solving crime are not keeping up with the need. When there is a […]

Impact of misconduct by chemist at Massachusetts state lab widens

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced last week the creation of a central office in the state that will create a process to sort through thousands of criminal cases that must […]

Prosecutorial Oversight Tour Comes to Pennsylvania

The First Monday in October is the first day of the United States Supreme Court’s new term. It is also a traditional day of legal education and community involvement. This […]

Ohio Man Freed After 21 Years on Death Row

After spending 21 years on death row in Ohio, 62-year old Michael Keenan is now a free man after a judge dismissed the 1988 murder charge against him. Keenan had […]

Philadelphia DA Focuses on Conviction Integrity

A couple of weeks ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a front-page story highlighting Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ efforts to ensure that police gather sufficient evidence to support a conviction […]

Florida’s Innocence Commission Releases Final Report

Florida’s Innocence Commission has concluded two years of work by releasing a final report of recommendations to eliminate or drastically reduce wrongful convictions in the state. The Commission was founded […]

Colorado District Attorneys Seek to Help Victims of Wrongful Conviction

A little more than half of the country–27 states, to be exact–provide some sort of compensation to those who have been wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Colorado […]

Appalling Decision Making by New York Lab Leads to Destruction of Key Criminal Evidence

Management for the Monroe County, New York Public Safety Laboratory destroyed key criminal evidence in cases that led the the destruction of evidence in hundreds of cases, according to an […]

Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman Makes Conviction Integrity a Priority

Last Friday, Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman appeared as part of a panel at the annual Criminal Law Symposium in Harrisburg.  The event draws over 400  lawyers practicing in criminal […]

Former HS Football Star Brian Banks Has Name Cleared After False Rape Accusation Ten Years Ago

As a high school student, Brian Banks had big dreams for the rest of this life. He was a star middle linebacker with the Long Beach Polytechnic High School football […]

Convicted Detroit Hit Man Hopes to Help Free Man He Says Is Wrongfully Imprisoned

Vincent Smothers, a Detroit hit man in jail serving a sentence of 52 years for eight murders, has signed a statement confessing to four others. What is notable about this […]

New York Establishes Bureau to Review Wrongful Convictions

The New York Attorney General will establish the Conviction Review Bureau to review wrongful convictions as well as establish a system to streamline damage claims arising from such convictions. Attorney […]

Gov. Brown Commutes a Life Sentence, Citing “Significant Doubt”

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Shirley Ree Smith’s life sentence citing “significant doubt” about her guilt.  In 1997, Shirley Ree Smith was babysitting for her infant grandson.  Described […]

Holding Prosecutors Accountable in Wrongful Convictions

The story is all too familiar. Michael Morton, a Texas father, served almost 24 years in prison for a crime–a brutal murder of his beloved wife–that he did not commit. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]