Jason Makris | CIP Alumni Spotlight

Jason Makris, former CIP clinical intern, shares how CIP helped shape who he is as a lawyer today. Jason is now a solo practitioner in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like many transcendental experiences, being a part of CIP marks your life in ways that are both immediately known,...

Governor Newsom Announces Death Penalty Moratorium

We have been advocating to end the death penalty for many years to avoid executing the innocent, and we couldn’t be more excited that Governor Gavin Newsom will be halting all executions under his watch! The executive order, which the Governor is expected to sign on...

Black History Month 2019

This Black History Month we joined our innocence network colleagues in raising awareness about the Black wrongful conviction experience. We shared research on race and exonerations from the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE), and the stories of our many Black...

March 19: Join A Talk About Edward Humes’ Burned

Spend an evening with the California Innocence Project (CIP) and Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Humes as we discuss his newest book, Burned. Burned follows the case of CIP client, Joann Parks, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering her three children in a...

Compensation for Horace Roberts and Timothy Atkins

Managing Attorney Michael Semanchik with Horace Roberts on the day he was released in 2018. Timothy Atkins with CIP Director Justin Brooks, former Co-Director Jan Stiglitz, Attorney Wendy Koen, and Associate Director Alex Simpson the day he was released 2007. CIP...

California’s first report on the use of force by law enforcement.

Hold the Applause. By: Matilda Hurst (Note: CIP encourages interns to research and write about criminal justice issues during their time here. These are the opinions of the interns, and not necessarily that of the California Innocence Project.) “The narrow definition...

Christopher Lawson | CIP Alumni Spotlight

Christopher Lawson, former CIP clinical intern, shares how CIP helped shape who he is as a lawyer today. Christopher is now a prosecutor with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. My time with the California Innocence Project, without question, helped mold...

Sitting Courtside with the Los Angeles Lakers

Years ago if you asked Timothy Atkins, Kimberly Long, Rafael Madrigal, and Guy Miles if they thought they would ever have the chance to shake hands with Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton, they would have said, “no way.” But just a few weeks ago, they did. Through a...

Be An #XONR8R: Even the Smallest Action Has an Impact

Support comes in many forms. Whether big or small, every action you take helps us free the wrongfully convicted. While the staff and students at the California Innocence Project command the courtroom and lead investigations into our clients’ cases, we rely on...

Who Are the California 12?

“These are citizens of the state of California who were denied due process, who were not given fair trials, who have compelling cases of innocence, who are just like you and me, except they had the unfortunate circumstance of going to prison for something they didn’t...