Charles Bell is Awarded the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship

charlesbell3Charles Bell, one of the more recent PI Board members, was just awarded the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, a part of the American Society of Criminology. 

We congratulate Charles for the recognition of his work and are grateful for his presence on our board!

Click here to read the full announcement Charles Bell is Awarded the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship

Written by Marvin & Greta Zalman

PI attends the Michigan Bar Association’s Biennial Criminal Law Section’s Policy Conference on Mackinac Island

▪ PI Board Member Julie Baumer addresses lawyer and judges
▪ Book author donates half the proceeds of sales to PI

The conference, held at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, June 8-10, focused on “conviction integrity.” Most of the participants were actively involved in innocence work or familiar with wrongful conviction issues. PI Legal Advisor Greta Zalman and Senior Advisor Marvin Zalman attended the conference.

baumer120Exonerees Julie Baumer, a PI Board member, and Thomas Highers related their moving personal experiences at the Criminal Law Section’s Biennial Policy Conference on June 9. The session also included attorneys Val Newman of SADO and Gabi Silver. Julie described the contribution of Proving Innocence to an audience of judges, assistant prosecutors and defense attorneys.

For more about the conference, click herePI Attends Policy Conference on Mackinac Island

Knowledge On Tap

Knowledge on Tap

On Jan. 28, Wayne State University criminal justice Professor Marvin Zalman and advisor to Proving Innocence will explore wrongful convictions in the U.S. and what’s being done to help the innocent who are incarcerated. Join us at 5:30 p.m. at Midtown’s Seva Restaurant for WSU’s popular speaker series, Knowledge on Tap. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Seva is located at 66 E. Forest Ave.
Zalman came to Wayne State in 1980 as chair of the then new Department of Criminal Justice. Prior to that, he taught at the Criminal Justice Department at Michigan State University and in the law faculty at Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria. For the last decade he studied many facets of wrongful conviction and has published many research articles and scholarly papers.
Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events, held bimonthly at various Midtown restaurants and bars, feature an informal presentation by a distinguished Wayne State faculty member on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation.
All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public — all ages welcome — and require no educational background.
For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Wright at 313-577-4562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cuomo Laments the Wrongful Convictions

During his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo called for reforms designed to prevent wrongful convictions, including double-blind line-ups and recording of interrogations for serious offenses.

Proctor to speak on Wrongful Imprisonment Comp Act

September 25 and 3 pm, Bill Proctor, along with Senator Steven Bieda and others, will speak regarding the Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Act.

For more information