Policy Reform

Through education, outreach and advocacy, NCIP supports policies that keep innocent people out of prison, free the wrongfully convicted, and provide adequate supports and resources for exonerees. We recognize that the criminal justice system makes mistakes; we work with other system stakeholders to rectify mistakes that have happened and to prevent future mistakes.

Targeted efforts currently focus on regulating California’s use of jailhouse informants, improving California’s practices for retention and preservation of evidence, and expanding post-release services for exonerees. We also back efforts to enhance law enforcement interrogation and eyewitness identification practices–to reduce false confession and eyewitness error–and we partner with prosecutors to implement effective post-conviction case review.

The following is a sample of NCIP’s successes in impacting public policy to create a fairer criminal justice system.