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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

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Bill Addressing Prosecutorial Misconduct Heads to Governor Brown

California Assembly Bill 885, which authorizes courts to inform a jury when a prosecutor has intentionally concealed evidence of innocence, recently passed off the Assembly floor and is headed to Governor Brown’s desk to be signed. AB 885, authored by

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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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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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Wrongful Conviction-Review Initiatives Expand Nationwide

In recent years, numerous prosecutors across the nation have created conviction integrity units to address claims of wrongful conviction. Over the last several years, these units have reviewed various cases and dismissed dozens of convictions to date. For example, Brooklyn’s

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Proposed Bill Seeks Open-File Policy by Federal Prosecutors

The Center for Prosecutor Integrity (CPI) released a proposed bill today that would require federal prosecutors to employ an open-file policy which would provide defense attorneys full access to all evidence pertinent to the case. Today under the Brady requirement,

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New York Exonerees Give Life Advice to Youth

Students at a New York high school received life advice from three exonerees and the father of a shooting victim, who promoted community involvement, education, and healthy lifestyles for young men. The panel consisted of Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam,

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U.S. Department of Justice Reverses Ban on Recording Interrogations

The U.S. Department of Justice recently notified their federal law enforcement officials that effective July 11, they will be required to video record interrogations of suspects in custody, with few exceptions. After more than a century of prohibiting the recording

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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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