New Yorkers Challenging Wrongful Convictions

From left to right: Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Sen. Myrie Zellnor, Sharonne Salaam, and Raymond Santana introducing a criminal justice package in New York on Dec. 14, 2021 in Central Park. (Image: Elijah Craig/Innocence Project

Call 518-888-7946 to be connected to your lawmakers and urge them to support A. 98/S. 266.

New York has the third-highest number of wrongful convictions in the nation. Currently, the law makes it effectively impossible for innocent people who pleaded guilty and do not have the benefit of DNA evidence, to challenge their convictions in court. This prevents countless people with credible innocence claims from getting relief in court.

  • A. 98/S. 266, The Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act, would fix the law to enable an authentic legal pathway to exoneration. This bill would:
    • Allow people without the benefit of DNA evidence in their cases to get back into court to prove their innocence.
    • Provide a right to post-conviction discovery.
    • Establish a right to counsel for those with wrongful conviction claims.

Use the form above to connect with your lawmakers and urge them to support A. 98/S. 266 to help all wrongfully convicted New Yorkers prove their innocence.

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