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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

Northern California Innocence Project Exonerees to Receive Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment

Governor Brown recently approved compensation to Northern California Innocence Project clients Franky Carrillo Jr. and Johnny Williams for their decades of wrongful imprisonment. This came after approval by the Legislature and the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board’s recommendation

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

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

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

Man Wrongfully Convicted of Arson-Murder Released After 24 Years

Han Tak Lee, 79, was released Friday after spending 24 years behind bars in a Pennsylvania prison for a wrongful arson-murder conviction. A federal judge ruled this month that the conviction was based on faulty fire science and ultimately overturned

Arson Research Project’s Live “Burn” Highlights Common Causes of Faulty Fire Science

It was a dreary morning on Treasure Island on Thursday, August 14th, 2014, as a group of curious public defenders, detectives, and prosecutors came together for arson investigator Paul Bieber’s showcase event: a live burn of two furnished mockups, one

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