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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 […]

Massachusetts Passes Forensic Analysis Legislation

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 International Wrongful Convictions Blog Debuts

Launched today, the Wrongful Convictions Blog covers any and all issues–wherever they arise in the world–related to the problem of wrongful conviction of the innocent. Edited by scholars, scientists, and […]

Will Pennsylvania Supreme Court Consider U.S. Supreme Court Message?

If you saw someone commit a crime, would you be able to describe them accurately if questioned after the fact? Did you know that 75% of all wrongful convictions that […]

New York State to Expand DNA Database

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

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 […]

Kentucky Supreme Court In Pursuit of “Righting” the Wrongs

Thanks to the persistent efforts of the Kentucky Innocence Project, Kerry Porter was exonerated after serving almost 15 years behind bars for a murder  he did not commit. However, with […]

Freedom…30 Years Later

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.

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 […]

Illinois Review Board Seeks to Exonerate Dead Man

The pursuit of justice never ends, not even after death. Paul Echols, a retired Carbondale, Illinois police officer and detective  Jimmy Smith from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, seek to clear the […]

Texas Exoneration Evokes Inquiry

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 Crime Lab Bill Moves Forward

Legislation that would enable crime labs run by counties in Pennsylvania to receive a share of the costs incurred from people convicted of crimes moves forward in becoming a law. […]

PA Senate Votes to Expand DNA Testing in Crimes

Currently in the state of Pennsylvania, you must submit a DNA sample taken from the inside of your cheek after being convicted of a serious felony. However, legislation sponsored by […]

Former San Quentin Warden Pushes to End Death Penalty

Imagine working day in and day out to uphold punishment you find morally repugnant. Now that is commitment to your career. And that is what Jeanne Woodford endured for the […]

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Restitution for the Wrongly Convicted

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

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

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 […]

Wrongfully Convincted Man Awaits Financial Compensation from the State of Florida

At 21 years of age, William Dillon was arrested for a rape and murder that he did not commit. He was then convicted of these crimes, spending the next 27 […]