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CONVICTION INTEGRITY UNITS: Defining a New Model of Justice

ciu 3bThe following jurisdictions have established a post-conviction review unit. A link to the unit’s webpage or to a media account is provided:

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REPORTS

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State model legislation:

PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYCPI Survey Equal Tx Under Law

OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM NEEDS TO…

1. Preserve the presumption of innocenceThe Innocence Quilt

2. Restore equal treatment under the law

  • Sentencing: “On average, blacks receive almost 10% longer sentences than comparable whites arrested for the same crimes.”
  • Males were “consistently treated more severely at every stage of the prosecution process, particularly regarding the decision to prosecute, even when controlling for other variables”

3. Bring an end to wrongful convictions

  • Exonerated Man43% of all wrongful convictions arise from misconduct by the prosecutor or other officials (NRE, Table 11)
  • 15% of men convicted of rape in Virginia were wrongfully convicted, based on post-conviction DNA analysis (Urban Institute, page 6)
  • Over-criminalization of our legal system has led to unnecessary prosecutions and wrongful convictions

 

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