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The latest developments in potentially wrongful convictions, public policy and more.

Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man Is Free

Ledora Watkins is released from prison after serving more than four decades for a 1975 murder. Read the full story here.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death Row Inmate, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death Row Inmate, Sends Case Back to Lower Court

James McWilliams, convicted of a 1984 rape and murder, argues an expert independent from prosecutors should have assessed his mental health before he received a death sentence. Read the full story here.

Judge Overturns Conviction of Wisconsin Inmate

Judge Overturns Conviction of Wisconsin Inmate

A judge orders a new trial for Richard Beranek, accused of a 1987 rape, citing questions about the hair evidence in the case. Read the full story here.

California Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias Influenced Jury Selection, Overturns Convictions

California Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias Influenced Jury Selection, Overturns Convictions

In a unanimous decision, the court overturns three convictions in a case where a prosecutor excluded 10 Latinos from the jury. Read the full story here.

Investigation Examines Medical Care for Aging and Terminally Ill Inmates

Investigation Examines Medical Care for Aging and Terminally Ill Inmates

The Monterey Bay Justice Project publishes a three-part series on elder and end-of-life care in California prisons. Read the full stories here.

Wrongly Convicted Philadelphia Man Is Free

Wrongly Convicted Philadelphia Man Is Free

After nearly 24 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit, Shaurn Thomas is a free man after prosecutors move to vacate his conviction. Read the full story here.

Two States Continue to Reject Guidelines That Aim to Eliminate Prison Rape

Two States Continue to Reject Guidelines That Aim to Eliminate Prison Rape

Utah and Arkansas are the only remaining states to refuse to comply with the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read the full story here.

Federal Court Denies Georgia Prisoner’s Request to Be Executed by Firing Squad

Federal Court Denies Georgia Prisoner’s Request to Be Executed by Firing Squad

Death row inmate J.W. Ledford Jr. takes a prescription drug for nerve pain that might cause him to be “in agony” during an execution by lethal injection, according to a court filing from his lawyers. Read the full story here.

Wrongly Convicted New York Man to Receive Compensation

Wrongly Convicted New York Man to Receive Compensation

After spending nearly 24 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting he did not commit, Ruddy Quezada will receive $4.5 million from the state of New York. Read the full story here.

Wrongfully Convicted Chicago Man Is Free

Wrongfully Convicted Chicago Man Is Free

The Cook County state’s attorney dismisses charges against Adam Gray, who received a life sentence after he was accused of starting a deadly fire in 1993 when he was 14. Read the full story here.