LinkedIn Employee Volunteers Spend a Day Helping Free the Innocent

Santa Clara Law’s Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) and Center for Social Justice and Public Service (CSJ) hosted six employees from LinkedIn today, who volunteered as part of LinkedIn for Good (LIFG) Foundation’s inDay. The LinkedIn team learned about wrongful

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Eyewitness Identification Symposium Sparks Reform

Nearly 200 people attended the Northern California Innocence Project’s (NCIP) Eyewitness Identification Best Practices Symposium at the University of San Francisco (USF) on May 21, 2014. The symposium brought together police chiefs, district attorneys, social scientists and criminal justice reform

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NCIP Sponsored Bill to Improve Access to DNA Evidence Passes State Senate

NCIP is proud to announce that SB 980, a bill that improves the process for obtaining post conviction DNA testing, passed the California State Senate today. The bill, authored by Senator Ted Lieu and sponsored by NCIP and other organizations,

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Two NCIP Exonerees’ Compensation Claims for Wrongful Imprisonment Advance to Next Step

Justice for the wrongfully incarcerated just got one step closer to reality for two NCIP exonerees, with the help of a new law passed last year to improve the process for compensating innocent people who wrongly spent years behind bars.

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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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