Michigan made history yesterday with the nation’s first exoneration by a state-wide Conviction Integrity Unity (CIU). Gilbert Lee Poole was exonerated after 32 years of wrongful imprisonment.
What is a State-wide Conviction Integrity Unit?
In a rare appearance at a hearing like this, the first person to speak was Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who put into perspective the historic and vital nature of a state-wide Conviction Integrity Unit. In response to a steady increase in the number of convictions overturned by
innocence organizations, Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs) have been popping up all over the country. Instead of facing the embarrassment of having convictions overturned and revealing that prosecutors have convicted innocent people, many