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Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
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CPCS to establish Wrongful Conviction Unit

The special unit is made possible by a U.S. Department of Justice grant

The Committee for Public Counsel Services has been awarded a U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant for a two-year period to establish a special unit to support the post conviction litigation of claims of innocence on behalf of clients.

This funding, from the federal FY09 Wrongful Prosecution Review Program: Representation of Wrongfully Convicted Defendants in Post-Conviction Claims of Innocence, will enable CPCS to create a Wrongful Conviction Specialist position to assist assigned counsel in these cases. The grant will also support an Expert Funding System to enable post-conviction counsel to access experts and testing to develop the factual information needed to present these claims initially, and to obtain court approval for additional needed funds.

The Wrongful Conviction Unit is anticipated to being services in January 2010.


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