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Exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth to Receive NCIP’s 2015 Cookie Ridolfi Freedom Award

Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate to be exonerated based on DNA testing, will be honored at NCIP’s eighth annual Justice for All awards dinner on March 12, 2015. In 1984, Bloodsworth was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death

$6 Million Awarded to Connecticut Exoneree Now Serving on Parole Board

The state of Connecticut has awarded exoneree Kenneth Ireland $6 million in compensation for a wrongful rape and murder conviction that sent him to prison for 21 years. In 1989, Ireland was convicted for the 1986 rape and murder of Barbara

Southern California Man Released After Serving 36 Years in Prison

Michael Hanline, California’s longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate, was released from Ventura County Superior Court on November 24th after serving 36 years behind bars for a wrongful murder conviction. In 1978, Ventura resident J.T. McGarry, a friend and associate of Hanline,

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

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

NCIP-Sponsored Bill to Help Prevent Wrongful Convictions Heads to Governor Brown

California Senate Bill 1058, which would help exonerate innocent men and women who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes, is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Authored by Senator Mark Leno, the legislation would allow a judge to overturn a wrongful