Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) is a division of a prosecutorial office that works to prevent, identify, and remedy false convictions. They are sometimes called Conviction Review Units (CRUs).
Several Conviction Integrity Units have accomplished a great deal in a short period of time, and there has certainly been an uptick in the number of offices that claim to have formed CIUs. It is still too soon to know whether this trend will produce a change in the way prosecutors operate generally. For more information on the history of CIUs, please see the annual report excerpts linked below.
Guide to the Registry's List of CIUsThe Registry maintains two lists:
The Registry maintains two lists:
Each table is sorted by state, and the units are listed alphabetically by county.Clicking the "County" name hyperlink will take you directly to that unit's website, or the website of that State/District Attorney's office, if they do not have a dedicated webpage to their CIU.Clicking the "Exonerations" hyperlink will take you to an up-to-date exoneration count.The following tables reflect data recorded in the Registry as of
April 14, 2021.
Each table is sorted by state, and the units are listed alphabetically by county.
Clicking the "County" name hyperlink will take you directly to that unit's website, or the website of that State/District Attorney's office, if they do not have a dedicated webpage to their CIU.
Clicking the "Exonerations" hyperlink will take you to an up-to-date exoneration count.
The following tables reflect data recorded in the Registry as of
April 14, 2021.
A. OPERATIONAL CIUs with RECORDED Exonerations
1. Los Angeles
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office211 West Temple StreetSuite 1200Los Angeles, CA 90012
Merced County District Attorney's Office550 W. Main StreetMerced, CA 95340
Riverside County District Attorney's OfficeConviction Review Committee3960 Orange StreetRiverside, CA 92501
Sacramento County District Attorney's OfficeJustice, Training and Integrity Unit901 G StreetSacramento, CA 95814
5. San Diego
San Diego County District Attorney's OfficePO Box 121011San Diego, CA 92112-1011
6. Santa Clara
County of Santa Clara - Office of the District Attorney70 West Hedding StreetSan Jose, CA 95110
Ventura County Government CenterHall of Justice800 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite 314Ventura, CA 93009
8. 4th Circuit
Duval, Clay & Nassau Cos.
State Attorney's OfficeConviction Integrity Review311 W. Monroe St.Jacksonville, FL 32202
State Attorney's OfficeAttn: Conviction Review Unit419 N. Pierce StreetTampa, FL 33602
17th Circuit Broward Co.
Broward County Judicial Complex201 Southeast 6th Street, Suite 07150Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Conviction Integrity UnitCook County State's Attorney50 W. Washington StreetSuite 2700Chicago, IL 60602
Prosecution Protocol & Conviction Review UnitLake County State's Attorney's Office18 N. County Street, 5th FloorWaukegan, IL 60085
Office of the Wyandotte County District Attorney710 N. 7th Street, Suite 10Kansas City, KS 66101-3051
Middlesex County District Attorney's Office15 Commonwealth AvenueWoburn, MA 01801
Suffolk County District AttorneyOne Bulfinch Place Boston, MA 02114
16. Baltimore City
Office of the State's Attorney120 East Baltimore Street, 9th FloorBaltimore, MD 21202
Wayne County Prosecutor's OfficeConviction Integrity UnitFrank Murphy Hall of Justice1441 St AntoineDetroit, MI 48226
18. St. Louis Co.
Office of the Prosecuting Attorney100 South Central Avenue, Second FloorClayton, MO 63105
Office of the District Attorney200 Lewis AvenueLas Vegas, NV 89101
The Office of the Bronx County District Attorney198 E. 161st StreetBronx, NY 10451
Erie County District Attorney's Office25 Delaware AvenueBuffalo, NY 14202
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office350 Jay StreetBrooklyn, NY 11201
Nassau County District Attorney's Office262 Old Country RoadMineola, NY 11501
24. New York
Manhattan District Attorney's OfficeOne Hogan PlaceNew York, NY 10013
Putnam County Office of the District Attorney40 Gleneida AveCarmel, NY 10512
Conviction Integrity UnitQueens County District Attorney's Office125-01 Queens Blvd.Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Conviction Integrity BureauSuffolk County District Attorney's Office William J. Lindsay County Complex - Bldg. 77Veterans Memorial Highway Hauppauge, NY 11788
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's OfficeThe Justice Center, Courts Tower1200 Ontario Street, 9th FloorCleveland, OH 44113
Multnomah County District AttorneyMultnomah County Courthouse1021 SW Fourth AvenuePortland, OR 97204
Office of the District AttorneyThree South Penn SquarePhiladelphia, PA 19107-3499
County of Bexar District Attorney's Office101 W. NuevaPaul Elizondo Tower, 4th FloorSan Antonio, TX 78205
Frank Crowley Courts BuildingDallas County District Attorney's Office133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB 19Dallas, TX 75207
Office of District Attorney, Harris County500 Jefferson StreetHouston, TX 77002
Criminal District Attorney's OfficeTim Curry Criminal Justice Center401 West BelknapFort Worth, TX 76196
Travis County District Attorney's OfficePO Box 1748Austin, TX 78767
Total CIU Exonerations
NOTE: In addition to the CIUs listed above, the Orleans Parish, LA CIU that operated from 2014-2016 participated in
B. CIUS WITH
No Exonerations RECORDED
District Attorney - BessemerBessemer Criminal Justice BuildingSuite 1101851 Second AvenueBessemer, AL 35020
Jefferson County District Attorney801 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N.Birmingham, AL 35203
Deputy County Attorney Rick UnklesbayConviction Integrity ChiefPima County Attorney's OfficeLegal Services Building32 N. Stone AvenueTucson, AZ 85701
Maricopa County Attorney's Office225 West Madison StreetPhoenix, AZ 85003
Office of the Alameda County District AttorneyConviction Integrity UnitRené C. Davidson Courthouse1225 Fallon Street, Room 900Oakland, CA 94612
Contra Costa District AttorneyConviction Integrity Unit900 Ward Street, Second FloorMartinez, CA 94553
Napa County District Attorney's OfficeConviction Integrity Unit1127 First Street, Suite CNapa, CA 94559
Nevada County District Attorney's Office201 Commercial StreetNevada City, CA 95959
Office of the District Attorney401 Civic Center Drive WestSanta Ana, CA 92701
10. San Bernardino
San Bernardino County District Attorney's OfficeATTN: Conviction Review Unit303 W. Third StreetSan Bernardino, CA 92415
11. San Francisco
San Francisco District Attorney's Office350 Rhode Island StreetNorth Building, Suite 400NSan Francisco, CA 94103
San Joaquin County District Attorney's OfficeAttention: Post-Conviction Sentence Review Unit222 E. Weber Avenue, Suite 202P.O. Box 990Stockton, CA 95201
Yolo County District Attorney's Office301 Second StreetWoodland, CA 95695
14. 18th Judicial CircuitArapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties
ATTN: Conviction Review Unit18th Judicial District - Office of the District Attorney6450 S. Revere ParkwayCentennial, CO 80111
Office of the District Attorney, Twentieth Judicial DistrictConviction Integrity Unit1777 6th StreetBoulder, CO 80302
1st Judicial Circuit
Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
1st Judicial District Attorney's OfficeATTN: Conviction Integrity Unit500 Jefferson County ParkwayDistrict Attorney BuildingGolden, CO 80401
17. District of Columbia
Special Proceedings Division/Conviction Integrity UnitUnited States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia555 Fourth Street, NorthwestWashington, D.C. 20530
Delaware Department of JusticeOffice of Civil Rights and Public Trust102 West Water StreetDover, DE 19904
19. 9th Circuit
Orange and Osceola Cos.
Office of the State AttorneyNinth Judicial CircuitAttn: Conviction Integrity and Accountability Unit415 N. Orange AveOrlando, FL 32801
20. 15th Circuit
Palm Beach Co.
State Attorney's OfficeAttn: Conviction Review Unit401 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Fulton County District Attorney's Office136 Pryor Street SWAtlanta, GA 30303
Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office450 E. Court Street - 3rd floorKankakee, IL 60901
Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office
Case Review Unit 1317 3rd Avenue, 2nd Floor
Rock Island, IL 61201
Marion County Prosecutor's Office251 E. Ohio St.Suite 160Indianapolis, IN 46202
Office of the State's Attorney8 Church Circle - Suite 200Annapolis, MD 21401
County Administration Building14741 Governor Oden Bowie DriveUpper Marlboro, MD 20772
Conviction Integrity Division Mongomery County State's Attorney's Office50 Maryland Avenue Rockville, MD 20850
Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County309 East Main StreetP.O. Box 1006Salisbury, MD 21803
*Run by the Michigan
Attorney General's Office
Department of Attorney General, MichiganCriminal Appellate Division, Conviction Integrity UnitG. Mennen Williams Building525 W. Ottawa StreetP.O. Box 30212Lansing, MI 48909
Jackson County Prosecuting AttorneyConviction Review Unit415 E. 12th Street, 11th FloorKansas City, MO 64106
31. St. Louis City
The Circuit Attorney's OfficeCarnahan Courthouse1114 Market Street, Room 401St. Louis, MO 63101
Statewide (New Jersey)
*Run by the New Jersey
Office of The Attorney GeneralOffice of Public Integrity & AccountabilityPO Box 085Trenton, NJ 08625-0080
District Attorney's Office47 S. Fitzhugh StreetRochester, NY 14614
Oneida County District Attorney's Office235 Elizabeth StreetUtica, NY 13501
Orange County District Attorney's OfficeOrange County Government Center255 Main StreetGoshen, NY 10924
Statewide (New York)
* Run by New York
Attorney General's Office
Office of the Attorney General The CapitolAlbany, NY 12224-0341
Ulster County District Attorney's OfficeUlster County Courthouse275 Wall StreetKingston, NY 12401
Westchester County District Attorney111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. White Plains, NY 10601
Summit County Prosecutor's Office53 University Ave # 6Akron, OH 44308
Centre County District Attorney's OfficeConviction Integrity Unit Centre County Courthouse Annex106 East High Street, Room 302Bellefonte, PA 16823
Conviction Integrity Review201 W. Market St., Suite 4450West Chester, PA, 19380
*Run by the Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Strawberry SquareHarrisburg, PA 17120
Office of the District Attorney GeneralWashington Square, Suite 500222 2nd Avenue NorthNashville, TN 37201
44. Salt Lake
Salt Lake County District Attorney's OfficeConviction Review Unit33 East 500 SouthSalt Lake City, UT 84111
Utah County Attorney100 East Center Street, Suite 2100Provo, Utah 84606
Office of the Commonwealth Attorney1425 N Courthouse Rd, Suite 5200Arlington, VA 22201
Statewide (Virginia) *Run by the Virginia
Attorney General's Office
Office of the Attorney General202 North Ninth StreetRichmond, VA 23219
NOTE: Utah Co., UT was removed from this list in 2020 when our national survey could not confirm an active unit. In addition to the listed CIUs, the State of New Jersey Office of the Public Defender opened a unit that is named a "Conviction Integrity Unit" in 2018 that provides representation for indigent defendants who file a post-conviction relief (PCR) petition.
Professional Exonerators (Excerpt from Exonerations in 2017 Report) - 14 March 2018 This excerpt from the 2017 Report reviews 33 Conviction Integrity Units existing at the end of 2017 and discusses the impact of both CIUs and Innocence Organizations on exonerations.
Conviction Integrity Units (Excerpt from Exonerations in 2016 Report) - 7 March 2017 In this excerpt from the 2016 Report, we review the 29 Conviction Integrity Units in existence as of 2016. As of the publication of the report, there were 225 CIU exonerations. We look at where these 225 exonerations came from, which prosecutorial offices have CIUs in name only, and the accessibility of the programs.
Conviction Integrity Units - 3 February 2016 A look at the rapid rise in Conviction Integrity Units and their wide range in performance. The report concludes: "What we can say is this: In a few counties, CIUs have become important, active on-going operations. For several CIUs, it's too early to say. And for others, we found no evidence that they have done anything much at all."
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.