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California Innocence Project

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Eats Cheeseburger After 36 Years Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Crime

Michael Hanline spent 36 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. When he was finally released, one of the first things he asked for was a ham...

Man Whose Murder Conviction Was Overturned Is Free

AP | Posted 01.24.2015 | Crime

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A 69-year-old man convicted of murder 34 years ago was freed Monday after prosecutors told a judge they're no longer sure he ...

All They Want for Christmas Is Their Freedom: Will Governor Brown Grant Clemency to the California 12?

Mark Godsey | Posted 02.08.2014 | Crime
Mark Godsey

When an innocent person is exonerated and walks out of prison, it's always a big news story. What we don't see are the thousands of people who will never go home, not because they are any less innocent, but because there is some legal procedural bar stopping their case.

The Good Cops Working To Free Innocent Prisoners

www.takepart.com | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact

Is there common ground between law enforcement and the Innocence Project? You bet there is! I’m standing on it, and the Innocence Project is very...

Man To Walk 600 Miles For Innocent Prisoners

www.takepart.com | Posted 04.26.2013 | Impact

Clemency is a failsafe for system failure. It’s a power held by governors and presidents to fix mistakes, to clean up when the courts get it wrong a...

Pursuing Justice for Daniel Larsen

Jan Stiglitz | Posted 11.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Jan Stiglitz

In addition to thousands of convicted criminals, California's prison population includes dozens of wrongfully accused prisoners whose innocence remains unrecognized by the criminal-justice system. Daniel Larsen is one of those unfortunate men.

Innocent Man Is 'Rotting In Prison' After 13 Years

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.22.2012 | Los Angeles

A young man who has spent 13 years in prison was declared innocent by a federal judge two years ago. And yet, he's still incarcerated. Daniel Larse...

Why Do Innocent People Plead Guilty?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.29.2012 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Roughly 20 percent of those that have been exonerated confessed to the crimes with which they were charged. Most involved persons who had actually gone to trial, but we have no way of knowing how many entered guilty pleas through bargains and never appealed as a result.