Alissa Bjerkhoel | Staff Profile

ALISSA BJERKHOEL Litigation Coordinator Biography Alissa Bjerkhoel, a native of Truckee, California received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her J.D. from California Western School of Law.  During law school, Alissa participated...

Governor Brown Signs Innocence Bill

New bill makes it easier for the wrongfully convicted to prove their innocence On September 28, 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1134 into law. This innocence bill, authored by Democratic Senator Mark Leno and Republican Senator Joel Anderson, makes it easier...

Wrongful Conviction Day

On October 4, 2016, the California Innocence Project will celebrate the Third Annual Wrongful Conviction Day at California Western School of Law.  This year’s focus will be on compensation.  29 states have compensation statutes on the books.  However, the...

Scott McMahon Acquitted of Rape After 5 Years In Jail In Philippines

American Declared Innocent After Five Years In Jail in the Philippines Without a Speedy Trial Scott McMahon Refused Blackmail Attempts and Maintained Innocence Throughout Nightmare Muntinlupa City, Philippines, August 2, 2016 – After spending more than five years in...

William Richards Released From Prison After 23 Year Nightmare

William Richards Released From Prison After 23 Year Nightmare California Innocence Project Client Exonerated Last Month By California Supreme Court San Bernardino, June 22, 2016 – William Richards walked out of the West Valley Detention Center a free man after...

Kim Long Exonerated After Seven Years in Prison

Southern California Mother Exonerated of Murder After Failures in Criminal Justice System Exposed California Innocence Project Client Kimberly Long Spent Seven Years in Prison Riverside, June 10, 2016 – On Friday morning, Riverside Superior Court Judge Patrick Magers...

Bill Richards’ Conviction Reversed

California Supreme Court Reverses Conviction of William Richards Wrongful conviction based largely on discredited bite mark science San Diego, May 26, 2016 – In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the California Supreme Court published an opinion today reversing the conviction...

California Death Penalty

California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act On 2016 November Ballot Yesterday, supporters of the California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016 turned in over 590,000 signatures that will allow the proposed ballot initiative to be on the November 2016...

California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016

Today, a group of California prosecutors announced the “California Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016,” which will appear on the November ballot and which will allow California voters to decide whether it is a good idea to exponentially increase the...

Innocence Conference 2017

Innocence Conference 2017 The Innocence Network Conference is coming to San Diego next year! Every year, exonerees, advocates, attorneys, and supporters get together to celebrate exonerations and put on sessions to help further our mission.  We’re very happy to...