The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is expanding its conviction review process to include all felony convictions. The unit was created in 2015 and is responsible for reviewing claims of actual innocence submitted by people convicted of felonies or anyone who has the written permission of the inmate.
Citing a rise in wrongful-conviction claims by inmates, Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacie has requested county supervisors to fund a new team of veteran prosecutors to review the integrity of past convictions. The nearly $1 million increase would include three prosecutors, a senior investigator and a paralegal.
Los Angeles joins more than 15 district attorney offices around the country to establish these types of review teams, including: Dallas County, Brooklyn County, and Manhattan, N.Y., as well as the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington D.C.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office previously accepted applications to review only serious and/or violent felonies. However, the office announced in May that they will now be accepting applications concerning all convicted felons.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office’s webpage the Conviction Review Unit reviews all claims by convicted felons or by anyone who has the permission of the inmate to file the request on their behalf.
The review process was created to ensure that innocent people are not currently incarcerated. In order to qualify for review, the convicted person must be in custody, the crime must be a felony and there must be new credible evidence of innocence.
A link to the application is available here.
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