The California Innocence Project (CIP) is a law school clinical program at California Western School of Law dedicated to releasing wrongfully convicted inmates and providing an outstanding educational experience to the students enrolled in the clinic.
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If you think a $101.7 million judgment for wrongful conviction will prompt the government…

 If you think a $101.7 million judgment for wrongful conviction will prompt the government to hold its prosecutors accountable—think twice!  

Death Penalty Infographic

Below is another Death Penalty Infographic sent over to us.  Given the 4% figure released yesterday, Texas should have granted clemency to more than 20 innocent people (not just 2).  The only way the US will find itself off the “Top 5 Countries” list is if people start educating themselves and speak up.  Do we...

New Study: Death Row Sentences Likely Include 4% Innocent People

We have long thought about how frequent wrongful convictions are occurring in this country.  A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences conservatively pinned death row wrongful convictions at just over 4%.  The percentage exonerated from this country’s death row over the same period of time was only 1.6% (see...

The Huang Case: A Tragedy in the Middle East

The California Innocence Project represents the Huangs with the David House Agency. Today, the Qatari criminal justice system continued its absurd disregard for due process, equity, and common sense in the case of Matthew and Grace Huang, two Americans whose 6 year-old adopted daughter Gloria tragically died of complications relating to her early upbringing in...

Let’s Just Kill Michelle, Anyway

People should be rioting in the streets all over America right now in seething anger over the disgusting farce that is and was the Michelle Byrom case. Although wrongful conviction cases have become so common these days that they often evoke nothing more than a disbelieving shake-of-the-head from society-at-large, what sets this particular case far...

Good News for the Innocence Movement

2014 is already starting out to be a good year for the innocence movement! • The National Registry of Exonerations just reported that 2013 was a record year for exonerations in the U.S. – 87 nationwide. Notably, the increased number of overturned convictions came entirely from non-DNA cases; in fact, DNA exonerations have been decreasing...

2013 Exoneration Infographic

Check out this infographic detailing exonerations from 2013 (courtesy of the National Registry of Exonerations):

Changes Coming in Texas as the Michael Morton Act Nears Implementation

On January 1, 2014, Texas Senate Bill 1611 (AKA the Michael Morton Act) will become law – a law that promises to aid criminal defense attorneys and defendants in averting wrongful convictions before they happen. Development of this legislation was prompted largely by the now-infamous wrongful conviction of Michael Morton, who served almost 25 years...

CIP Exoneree Brian Banks Meets Kash Register on First Day of True Freedom

This morning, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office decided not to refile charges against Kash Register for the murder of Jack Sasson.  Sasson was shot dead in April 1979.  Register spent the next 34 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. The case was not very strong from the start – the...

Is Justice on the Horizon for the Central Park Five?

According to documentary film-maker Ken Burns, the city of New York will finally settle a $250 Million wrongful conviction lawsuit brought in 2003 by three members of the infamous “Central Park Five” after ten long years of avoidance and delay by the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. During a November 12 discussion on HuffPost Live,...