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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

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Federal Review of Forensic Errors by FBI Lab Resumed

This month, the Department of Justice ordered the continuation of a massive reinvestigation of thousands of criminal cases from the 1980s and 1990s that most likely include flawed forensic testimony from an FBI unit. The FBI post-conviction review started in

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Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence – Without Seeking Testing

After years of proclaiming his innocence of a rape in Texas for which he was convicted, Michael Phillips, 57, had done his time and resigned himself to a lifetime of registering as a sex offender. But he was exonerated by

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Washington D.C. Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Kevin Martin spent 26 years behind bars for a wrongful murder conviction until a Washington D.C. Superior Court judge exonerated him on Monday, citing new DNA evidence that ultimately proved Martin’s innocence. In 1982, 19-year-old Ursula C. Brown was abducted,

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Exoneree to Release Memoir Recounting Wrongful Murder Conviction

Michael Morton, who spent 25 years behind bars in Texas for the wrongful murder conviction of his wife, will release his memoir, “Getting Life: An Innocence Man’s 25-Year Journey From Prison to Peace” on Tuesday. In 1986, Morton’s wife Christine

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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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New York Man Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Tyrone Hicks, 57, was cleared of all charges on Thursday after spending eight years in a New York prison for an attempted rape in 1998 that he did not commit. Hicks’ wrongful conviction was a consequence of eyewitness misidentification—no physical or

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Innocence Movement Expands to South Africa

South Africans who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes now have a resource to turn to for assistance in having their convictions overturned.  The Innocence Project South Africa, a pro bono legal clinic, recently registered with the Innocence Network and,

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Senate Bill 980 to Improve Access to DNA Testing in California

Wrongfully convicted prisoners seeking exoneration could be given improved access to DNA testing through the passage of Senate Bill 980. Introduced by California State Senator Ted Lieu, the bill would provide greater access to available evidence for people requesting DNA

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Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress to Advance Forensic Science Reform

On February 12, 2014, Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller introduced The Forensic Science and Standards Act of 2014 to improve forensic science reform efforts by prioritizing scientific research and supporting long-term cooperation between scientists and various members of the criminal

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