Across the country, District Attorney’s Offices are increasingly creating Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs) to re-examine questionable convictions and to guard against future conviction error. We believe prosecutors can and should be leading the charge to ensure the public has confidence in criminal convictions. The many proven cases of wrongful convictions and their known causes demonstrate that more needs to be done to guard against such errors. Conviction Integrity Units must investigate and remedy wrongful convictions, and they must also establish policies and procedures to learn from the errors identified, so the criminal justice system is strengthened. As such, the Fulton County CONVICTION INTEGRITY UNIT will investigate claims of actual innocence to determine whether new evidence or facts give rise to a substantial probability that the convicted defendant was not the person who committed the offense for which they were convicted. The CIU will investigate claims of actual innocence or wrongful convictions by convicted defendants who have already been through their trial and appellate processes. The CIU will review cases in which there is new factual, physical, or forensic evidence. The unit will also review cases in which there is relevant evidence that went untested at the time of trial or some other new evidence that a person was convicted wrongfully. Cases must fall into at least one of these four categories to be considered for re-investigation.
- Alleged Misconduct on Part of Prosecutor/Law Enforcement Officer
- Forensic Testing of Relevant Evidence
- Sentence Modifications Due to Nature of Offense/Defendant’s Lack of Criminal History
- Cases Determined to Warrant Review in “Interest of Justice”
If your case meets one of the four requirements above, and you are interested in submitting a formal complaint, please do so using the contact information below.
Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
136 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Your complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate individuals for review. Thank you.