Innocence

NACDL supports reforms to ensure the proper administration of justice, including safeguarding the rights of the accused and the wrongfully convicted.  In matters related to innocence, NACDL strives for the proper implementation and knowledge about criminal procedures such as DNA and post-conviction testing, eyewitness identification and mandatory electronic recordings of interrogations.  To this end, NACDL works to educate various levels of government and the public about issues of innocence.  From compensating the wrongfully convicted to utilizing DNA evidence to free innocent individuals, states all over the country have room for improvement in their current systems in order to ensure wrongful convictions become a problem of the past.

NACDL’s innocence issues page contains news of interest, featured articles, reports and external resources.

News of Interest

"Wrongly convicted rarely compensated," by Marie C. Baca. San Francisco Chronicle, March 7, 2011.

"Supreme Court confronts conflicting laws on post-conviction DNA testing," by Robert Barnes. The Washington Post, February 14, 2011.

"How innocent people end up behind bars," by Ron Sylvester. The Wichita Eagle, February 13, 2011.

"Ellis works to halt wrongful convictions," by Bobby Cervantes. Houston Chronicle, February 3, 2011.

"Wrongful Convictions and DNA Evidence," The Diane Rehm Show, January 6, 2011.

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