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Louisiana Exoneree Creates Education and Outreach Program for Formerly Incarcerated Inmates

John Thompson spent 18 years in a Louisiana prison, 14 of them on death row, before he was exonerated in 2003 for a murder he did not commit. Since his release from prison, Thompson has become a tireless advocate for

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National Innocence Network Conference Presenter Speaks Out Against “Wrongful Liberty”

At the National Innocence Network Conference last weekend in Portland, Oregon, Professor Frank Baumgartner at The University of North Carolina addressed the consequences of “wrongful liberty.” Wrongful liberty refers to the tragic situation in which an innocent man or woman

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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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Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice Hosts Inaugural Conference

Leading participants, experts, and scholars of criminal justice in the United States met last weekend during a two-day conference organized by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The Quattrone Center’s

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Exoneree Gloria Killian to Be Featured on CNN’s “Death Row Stories”

Gloria Killian, exoneree and longtime friend of NCIP, will be featured on next week’s episode of “Death Row Stories,” a CNN Original series that attempts to discover the truth behind different capital murder cases and questions the numerous beliefs about

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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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Vermont Passes Reforms to Reduce Wrongful Convictions

The Vermont Senate passed important legislation last week to help ensure that criminal investigations are as fair and accurate as possible. S184 is designed to reform eyewitness identification procedures so that lineups are given by an officer not investigating the

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Two Brooklyn Men Exonerated Through DNA Evidence

Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson of Brooklyn, New York, were exonerated Thursday after spending more than 21 years behind bars for three murders they did not commit. In 1992, Yarbough’s mother, sister, and another girl were stabbed and strangled to

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Washington State Legislatures Consider DNA Preservation Bills

Washington state legislatures will consider two measures designed to preserve DNA evidence in felony cases. Senate Bill 6310 and House Bill 2468 sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille and Rep. Tina Orwall, would establish an 18 month moratorium on destroying DNA

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Members of National Commission on Forensic Science Announced

The Department of Justice and Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced more than 30 members of the newly formed National Commission on Forensic Science. The commission aims to strengthen the validity and reliability of forensic

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