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L.A. County Launches Conviction Integrity Unit to Review Wrongful-Conviction Claims

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office under Jackie Lacey is launching a conviction integrity unit comprised of three prosecutors, a senior investigator, and a paralegal to address claims of wrongful conviction. The new unit follows a rise in wrongful-conviction

NCIP Board Member Jennifer Thompson and Exoneree Ronald Cotton Honored at Victims’ Rights Service Awards Ceremony

NCIP Board Member Jennifer Thompson and exoneree Ronald Cotton were recognized by the Department of Justice at the Victims’ Rights Service Awards ceremony on Tuesday. Attorney General Eric Holder presided over the event, honoring Jennifer and Ronald for their extraordinary

‘Life Beyond Freedom’ Created to Provide Services for Exonerees in California

Life Beyond Freedom, a non-profit organization co-founded in July 2013 by justice advocates Jack Cummings and Daniel Jenkins, works to provide resources for wrongfully convicted individuals transitioning from incarceration back into society. Life Beyond Freedom will support exonerees in California through education, therapy, financial

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

National Academy of Sciences Issues Groundbreaking Report on Eyewitness Identification and Reform

The National Academy of Sciences published a breakthrough report Thursday evaluating scientific research on memory and eyewitness identification. As eyewitness misidentification is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions in the United States, the report recommends best practices to