Over 100 Exonerees Celebrated at Innocence Network Conference

Over the weekend, 500 justice advocates gathered in Portland, Oregon for the annual Innocence Network conference. Approximately 116 were exonerees who spent 1749 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, and the others included attorneys and other staff who

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Freedom Fighters Documentary Awarded MacArthur Foundation Grant

Freedom Fighters, a documentary that follows a group of Texas exonerees as they form a detective agency to help exonerate other innocent inmates, received a MacArthur Foundation grant yesterday.  The $150,000 grant for Freedom Fighters will enable director Jamie Meltzer

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Texas Man Exonerated After 20 Years in Prison for Wrongful Murder Conviction

Daniel Villegas, 37, of El Paso, Texas was exonerated Tuesday after spending nearly 20 years in prison for a double homicide that he did not commit. In 1995, Villegas, then only 16 years old, was wrongfully convicted of the murders

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Members of National Commission on Forensic Science Announced

The Department of Justice and Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced more than 30 members of the newly formed National Commission on Forensic Science. The commission aims to strengthen the validity and reliability of forensic

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Wrongful Conviction of San Francisco Man Overturned

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), acting as amicus, assisted veteran appellate and post-conviction attorney Marc Zilversmit in reversing the conviction of Jamal Trulove, wrongfully convicted of murder after a single eyewitness implicated him in a killing San Francisco. On

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Police Chiefs Call for Reforms to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in cooperation with the Department of Justice and the Innocence Project, will make 30 recommendations for changes in the way law enforcement officials conduct investigations, in an effort to prevent cases of

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Improving Accuracy of Eyewitness Identifications

Eyewitness misidentifications have played a part in almost half of the nation’s 1,063 exonerations since 1989. Studies show that witnesses frequently select the incorrect suspect due to influence, often unintentional, from the police. Based on these studies, best practice reforms

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Happy Thanksgiving from NCIP

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at NCIP. We are so thankful for your support over the years, which enables us to seek justice for those who are wrongfully incarcerated and to work towards important reforms in the criminal justice

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NCIP Reception Featuring Bestselling Author Jennifer Thompson December 12th


Please join NCIP for a reception featuring Jennifer Thompson, the New York Times best-selling author of Picking Cotton, Thursday, December 12th at 6 p.m. Picking Cotton is an incredibly powerful true story of a shocking crime and devastating miscarriage of

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NCIP Client and Attorney Featured in Juvenile False Confession Story

NCIP’s Maitreya Badami was featured as an expert in a CBS San Francisco story exploring the prevalence of juveniles who falsely confess to crimes during interrogations. The story examines how police can pressure juvenile suspects until they break down and

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