Conviction Review Programs: Opportunities, Challenges and Best Practices

Location: Rio Grande West
Date: Fri, April 8
Time: 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Approximately 25 jurisdictions nationwide have implemented conviction review programs in the past decade. Programs vary greatly in how they are structured, what cases they consider, the extent to which they collaborate, and what they disclose about procedures and results. At their best, these programs provide a non-adversarial, impartial, and expeditious process for reviewing post-conviction cases, remedying mistakes, exonerating innocent individuals, and informing system improvements. The concerns are that conviction review by prosecutors alone is inherently problematic and that these programs may not reflect best practices but instead serve primarily as PR devices for prosecutors. Panelists in this session will discuss opportunities conviction review programs offer; challenges in implementing effective, collaborative, and transparent programs; best practices; and strategies for working with these programs and with prosecutors to implement and improve these programs.

201: Intermediate