Know someone convicted of a crime wrongfully in Hillsborough County, FL?
For the first time ever, Hillsborough County has a conviction integrity unit. What is a conviction integrity unit and are they useful? "Although there are over 2,300 prosecutorial offices in the country, only 24 conviction integrity units exist, which is an extreme lack of oversight nationwide. In 2015, 150 people were exonerated from their convictions in total. Of those 150 exonerated, 58 received their exoneration due to properly implemented conviction integrity units, which accounts for 39% of all exoneration. Considering there are only a few conviction integrity unit bodies in the country, that is quite a substantial amount." (Source: Huffington Post)
This is only a drop in the bucket for the harms done by the prosecutors across our country. However, it is a much needed step to resolutions for the wrongly convicted.
Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren campaigned on implementing these units and quite frankly, it took him long enough to do it. But did you know there is now a mechanism available to you to file a petition on behalf of yourself or another if you believe you/they have been wrongfully convicted?
Find the petition online at: www.innocencefilestampa.com
This is only useful if people are aware of the program--so please share this on your social media platforms, e-mail lists and among your friends and peers.