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October 2nd – Wrongful Conviction Day

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Today, October 2nd is Wrongful Conviction Day, a day to spread awareness about the causes of false convictions and to honor the innocent men and women who have lost years behind bars on crimes they did not commit.   WHAT CAUSES WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS? Studies estimate that there are a minimum of 2,500 innocent men and […]

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Joey Watkins / Undisclosed update: Trial Tapes Litigation

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Remember during Season 2 of Undisclosed how you could listen to Mark Free’s trial audio, but every time the Undisclosed team wanted to quote from Joey’s trial, Susan, Rabia and/or Colin had to read from the trial transcript? That’s because the judge and court reporter in Floyd County refused to release the audio recordings of Joey’s […]

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An Undisclosed Adventure…and Cake

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It has been an exciting and action-packed summer for the Georgia Innocence Project. As we continue to work hard on our active cases, and strive every day to find new cases to take on and new inmates to bring to freedom, we have also been working on something that is very new to us. Since […]

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A Record # of Exonerations in 2015, Including 2 GA Cases

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From Aimee Maxwell I want to interrupt my previously scheduled blog post about the Googe exoneration to discuss the report released last week by the National Registry of Exonerations.  Read the entire report here. “Exonerations in 2015” provides incredible information.  Last year there were 149 exoneration, a record number. Some very interesting observations: No-Crime Cases: A […]

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Investigating a CODIS hit

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From Aimee Maxwell In my last blog entry I talked about CODIS hits. Quick reminder – CODIS hits are cases were DNA evidence from a crime scene matches someone in the DNA database (usually someone in prison). As part of the NIJ grant, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation generated a comprehensive report of all CODIS […]

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What is CODIS and how can it identify innocence claims?

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From Aimee Maxwell, GIP Executive Director First, sorry I’ve been MIA. Our office renovation is almost complete plus I received the applications for our summer program (107!) last week. Takes quite a while to read all those resumes! One more thing before I get to CODIS. I want to thank everyone who responded to the AJC article by […]