Center On Wrongful Convictions

Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder CaseGov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.
After 20 Years In Prison, Charges Dropped In 1992 Double MurderA man who served two decades behind bars for the murders of two people -- despite records showing he was in police custody at the time of the shooting -- will soon go free, after prosecutors dropped all charges on Friday.
Chicago Researchers Set Up National Registry Of ExonerationsResearchers in Chicago have been compiling the numbers and now are out with the first national registry of exonerations.
FBI Won't Check DNA Profile In 20-Year-Old Murder CaseThe FBI is not going to be checking a DNA profile in a nearly 20-year old Chicago area murder case that reopened last month.
Alvarez Creates New Unit To Probe Questionable ConvictionsIn what her office is calling a "shift in philosophy," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez plans to form a new unit that will actively review criminal cases involving questionable or wrongful convictions.
NU Investigators Offer To Help Find Holly Staker's KillerThe team that secured Juan Rivera's exoneration in the Holly Staker murder case is now offering to help Waukegan Police find the girl's real killer after 20 years.
State Senate Committee To Discuss High Costs Of Wrongful ConvictionsAn Illinois Senate committee holds hearings Monday on the high cost of wrongful convictions.
Report: Wrongful Convictions Cost Taxpayers A FortuneWrongful convictions not only cost prisoners their lives, but also cost taxpayers a fortune, according to a new investigation.