What is a Conviction Integrity Unit?
What is the purpose of the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU)?
The purpose of the CIU is to identify whether innocent defendants have been wrongfully convicted. In the case of a wrongful conviction, the CIU works to promptly remedy the conviction. Additionally, the CIU seeks to reduce wrongful convictions by working with prosecutors to recognize and avoid mistakes that are common to them.
Is the CIU part of the District Attorney’s Office?
Yes. The CIU is a specialized unit within the Office. The CIU is staffed with dedicated attorneys, investigators, and support staff.
What kind of cases does the Conviction Integrity Unit Review?
The CIU reviews any felony conviction where there is a plausible claim of innocence. The CIU prioritizes cases where the petitioner is currently incarcerated.