Center on Wrongful Convictions

Forty-two innocent men and women in have been exonerated due to efforts of the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC). Prior to the Center's founding in 1998, members of its staff were instrumental in 16 additional exonerations - including that of Gary Dotson, who in 1989 became the first person in the world to be exonerated by DNA. More...


Thank you to all who participated in and attended our Conviction Integrity Conference on October 29, 2014.  Over 400 people registered for the event, and the speakers and panelists shared thoughts and stories about causes of wrongful convictions, how to conduct conviction integrity review, and the human costs of convicting the innocent.  Our event program and CLE materials are still available online and more information and event photos are forthcoming.


David McCallum

David McCallum

The State of New York has vacated the convictions of David McCallum and Willie Stuckey on the motion of King’s County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson.  McCallum, of the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, was freed after serving more than 29 years in prison for the October 1985 carjacking and abduction and murder of Nathan Blenner, of Queens.  Stuckey was also exonerated, but tragically, he died in prison more than a decade ago at the age of 31.  McCallum’s team included lawyers (Oscar Michelen of Cuomo, LLC, Laura Cohen of the Rutgers-Newark Law School’s Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, and Steve Drizin of the CWC) and advocates from Innocence International, the Toronto-based innocence organization founded by the late Dr. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and now run by his long-time friend Ken Klonsky. Read more about David's story here.

Jamie Lee Peterson

Jamie Lee Peterson

The State of Michigan has dropped all charges and CWC client Jamie Lee Peterson is released from prison after more than 17 years.

Chicago Sun-Times Urges Governor Quinn to Grant

Innocence Pardon to CWC Client Randy Steidl

Randy Steidl awaiting vote on legislation to abolish the death penalty in Illinois

New CWC Film:  Daniel Taylor's First Year of Freedom