The Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) will conduct collaborative, good-faith case reviews designed to ensure the integrity of a conviction and remedy wrongful convictions, as well as establish policies and procedures to learn from the errors identified so the criminal justice system is strengthened.
The Office of the Fulton County District Attorney is pleased to announce the establishment of the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). This new unit will re-examine questionable convictions and help guard against future conviction error.
Mr. Paul Howard, Fulton County District Attorney, believes prosecutors can and should be leading the charge to ensure the public has confidence in the criminal justice system. In recent years, DNA exonerations have shown flaws in our system. Mr. Howard is committed to finding any flaws in convictions his office has obtained, correcting those flaws, and preventing them in the future.
As prosecutors, we have a legal obligation and an ethical mandate to protect the innocent by ensuring only the guilty are convicted for the crimes charged. Our responsibility to all citizens further requires us to seek to remedy any wrongful conviction of which we become aware.
- Paul L Howard Jr., Fulton County District Attorney
Staffed with a dedicated Assistant District Attorney and investigator, the CIU’s primary charge is to review and investigate convicted offenders’ legitimate claims of innocence and wrongful conviction. When the CIU investigates a potential wrongful conviction, we will take a fresh look at all the evidence. We will re-interview witnesses, consult with experts and use the most up-to-date science and technology to reevaluate the evidence. This includes forensic science like DNA, as well as social science research on issues like faulty eyewitness identification and false confessions.
In addition to wrongful conviction claims, the CIU will investigate cases which warrant review in the interest of justice, including sentence reductions in particularly compelling cases. The unit will also make recommendations about ways the entire office can operate to ensure wrongful convictions do not occur in the future.
The CIU will review felony convictions from Fulton County involving:
- Claims of Actual Innocence Involving Provable Evidence
- Forensic Testing of Relevant Evidence
- Claims Involving Relevant Evidence Not Presented Prior to Conviction
- Cases of Historic Error
- Cases Determined to Warrant Review in “Interest of Justice”
- Sentence Modifications Due to Nature of Offense/Defendant’s Lack of Criminal History
If you are interested in submitting an application for review, please complete the
All requests to the CIU must be submitted in writing. If you are represented by counsel, the submission must come from your attorney. *Family members and friends: you can make the initial submission but, before we can begin our review, we must have the full cooperation of person who was convicted of the crime.
PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS WE RECEIVE AND THE TIME AND RESOURCES DEDICATED TO EACH REVIEW, WE DO NOT TAKE APPLICATIONS OR PROVIDE UPDATES OVER THE PHONE. ONCE A DETERMINATION HAS BEEN MADE AS TO WHETHER A CASE WARRANTS A FULL REVIEW BY THE CIU, THE CONVICTED PERSON WILL BE NOTIFIED.
Fulton County District Attorney – CIU
136 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303