Innocence March Anniversary

Yesterday, we recognized the two year anniversary of the start of the Innocence March.  On April 27, 2013, Justin Brooks, Mike Semanchik and Alissa Bjerkhoel began a freedom march in San Diego.  712 miles and 55 days later they presented clemency petitions for the...

DA Expected to Dismiss Charges Against Michael Hanline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charges Expected to be Dismissed in California Innocence Project Hanline Case After 36 years in prison, Michael Hanline is longest wrongful incarceration in California history VENTURA, April 21, 2015 – The Ventura County District Attorney’s...

Michael Hanline Release Video

On November 24, 2014, Michael Hanline was released from prison after 36 years for a crime he did not commit.  He is the longest wrongful incarceration in California history.  He walked out of prison into a world entirely unknown to him.  Here’s a video from the...

Faulty Memory

For the last few days, Brian Williams has been criticized for his reporting of a 2003 Iraq war story in which he reported his helicopter was shot by an RPG.  On Wednesday, Williams admitted he had misspoke and misremembered how the incident unfolded.  The truth, as...

Brian Banks, the NFL, and Other Updates

Brian Banks’ Post-Exoneration Years In 2012, the California Innocence Project freed Brian Banks from lifetime registration as a sex offender and ended a long five year term on parole.  By the time CIP got involved, Banks had already served 5 years and 2 months...

Annual Dodgeball Tournament

ANNUAL CIP DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT What: 32 Team Double Elimination Dodgeball Tournament When: January 31, 2015, 2-7 p.m. Where: Ocean Beach Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, San Diego, CA 92107 Every year, the California Innocence Project hosts a Dodgeball...

A Look Back at 2014

2014 has been an amazing year for us at the California Innocence Project.  Here’s a quick recap of our accomplishments, along with some photos showing our successes: Freed Michael Hanline – Hanline spent 36 years in prison for a murder he did not commit....

Learning from Nick Yarris

By Madison Christian Last Saturday night, I jumped on the Metro Red Line in North Hollywood to make my way down to the CIP vigil at Los Angeles City Hall the purpose of which was to urge Governor Jerry Brown to grant clemency to the California 12. I didn’t have anyone...

Innocence March Vigil Photos and News

The California Innocence Project hosted an Innocence March vigil at LA City Hall on Saturday night to encourage Governor Brown to grant clemency for the California 12 (now 11).  In attendance was Michael Hanline, the first of the California 12 to be freed following...