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Jennifer Thompson: Harm Multiplies When the Innocent are Wrongfully Convicted

NCIP friend Jennifer Thompson knows firsthand that wrongful conviction has far reaching consequences, not only for the innocent man or woman who loses years in prison but also for the original victims, families, law enforcement and potentially other victims of

Los Angeles Woman Exonerated After 17 Years Behind Bars

Los Angeles county resident Susan Mellen, 59, was recently exonerated after spending 17 years in prison for a wrongful murder conviction. Based solely on the false testimony of a woman with an extensive history of giving false information to law

National Academy of Sciences Issues Groundbreaking Report on Eyewitness Identification and Reform

The National Academy of Sciences published a breakthrough report Thursday evaluating scientific research on memory and eyewitness identification. As eyewitness misidentification is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions in the United States, the report recommends best practices to

Northern California Innocence Project Exonerees to Receive Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment

Governor Brown recently approved compensation to Northern California Innocence Project clients Franky Carrillo Jr. and Johnny Williams for their decades of wrongful imprisonment. This came after approval by the Legislature and the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board’s recommendation

Two North Carolina Brothers Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

On September 2nd, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46, were ordered released from prison by a North Carolina judge after DNA evidence proved them innocent of a 1983 rape and murder for which they had been convicted. The

NIJ Releases Report: Mending Justice-Sentinel Event Reviews

The National Institute of Justice released a report today which explores the feasibility of using a learning-from-error model in criminal justice. The report, Mending Justice: Sentinel Events Reviews, draws on lessons from the medical and aviation fields and offers perspectives on using