Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/04/15 – 6:27 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will staff a conviction review unit that will investigate claims by inmates who say they are innocent.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the creation of the office last week after the Board of Supervisors approved her request for $1 million to fund the new office. Lacey will assign three deputy district attorneys, one senior investigator and one paralegal to the unit.

The office will accept written claims from inmates, attorneys or innocence projects in cases where new evidence surfaces.

“In a few instances, new evidence is discovered and, on rare occasions, mistakes are found,” Lacey said in a statement. “Whenever we receive new credible information that may exonerate a person, the responsibility is on us, as prosecutors, to re-examine the facts and, if appropriate, to seek to vacate a wrongful conviction.”

All claims will be reviewed and formal investigations will be conducted on cases that appear to have merit. A prosecutor and investigator will review trial transcripts and interview witnesses.

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