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Conviction Integrity Units

A Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) is a division of a prosecutorial office that works to prevent, identify, and remedy false convictions.  

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 CIUs

The Registry maintains two lists:

    • (A) CIUs with recorded exonerations, and
    • (B) CIUS with no exonerations recorded.
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.
Clicking the "No. of Exonerations" hyperlink will take you to an up-to-date exoneration count.

The following tables reflect data recorded in the Registry as of March 18, 2020.


A. OPERATIONAL CIUs with RECORDED Exonerations


County

​ST

​Address

​Founding Date

​No. of Exonerations

1. Los Angeles

​CA

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

211 West Temple Street

Suite 1200

Los Angeles, CA 90012

​2015

Link

2. Merced


​CA


Merced County District Attorney's Office

550 W. Main Street

Merced, CA 95340

​2017

Link

​3. Riverside

CA

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office

Conviction Review Committee

3960 Orange Street

Riverside, CA 92501

​2015

Link

​4. Sacramento

​CA

​Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office

Justice, Training and Integrity Unit

901 G Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

​2013

Link

​5. San Diego

​CA

​San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

PO Box 121011

San Diego, CA 92112-1011

​2016

Link

​6. Santa Clara

​CA

County of Santa Clara - Office of the District Attorney

70 West Hedding Street

San Jose, CA 95110

​2002

Link

7. Ventura

​CA

Ventura County Government Center

Hall of Justice

800 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite 314

Ventura, CA 93009

​2012

Link

​8. 4th Circuit

    Duval, Clay & Nassau Cos.


​FL

​State Attorney’s Office

Conviction Integrity Review

311 W. Monroe St.

Jacksonville, FL 32202

​2018

Link

​9. Cook

IL

Conviction Integrity Unit

Cook County State's Attorney

50 W. Washington Street

Suite 2700

Chicago, IL 60602

​2012

Link

​10. Lake

​IL

Prosecution Protocol & Conviction Review Unit

Lake County State's Attorney's Office

18 N. County Street, 5th Floor

Waukegan, IL 60085

​2013

Link

​11. Baltimore City

​MD

Office of the State's Attorney

120 East Baltimore Street, 9th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202


​2012

Link

​12. Middlesex

​MA

Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office

15 Commonwealth Avenue

Woburn, MA 01801

​2013

Link

​13. Suffolk

​MA

​Suffolk County District Attorney

One Bulfinch Place 

Boston, MA 02114

​​2012


Link

​14. Wayne

​MI

Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

Conviction Integrity Unit

Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

1441 St Antoine,

Detroit, MI 48226

2018

Link

15. Clark

​NV

Office of the District Attorney

200 Lewis Avenue

Las Vegas, NV 89101

​2016

Link

​16. Bronx

​NY


The Office of the Bronx County District Attorney

198 E. 161st Street

Bronx, New York 10451

​2016

Link

​17. Erie

​NY


Erie County District Attorney's Office

25 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14202

​2018

Link

18. ​Kings

​NY

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

350 Jay Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

​2011

Link

​19. Nassau

​NY

Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

262 Old Country Road

Mineola, New York, NY 11501

​2013

Link

​20. New York

​NY

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

One Hogan Place

New York, NY 10013

​2010

Link

​21. Putnam

​NY

Putnam County Office of the District Attorney

40 Gleneida Ave

Carmel, NY 10512

​2016

Link

22. Suffolk

​NY

Conviction Integrity Bureau

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office 

William J. Lindsay County Complex - Bldg. 77 

Veterans Memorial Highway 

Hauppauge, NY 11788

​2018

Link

​23. Cuyahoga

​OH

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

The Justice Center, Courts Tower

1200 Ontario Street, 9th Floor

Cleveland, Ohio 44113

​2014

Link

​24. Multnomah

​OR

Multnomah County District Attorney

Multnomah County Courthouse

1021 SW Fourth Avenue

Portland, OR 97204

​2014

Link

​25. Philadelphia

​PA

Office of the District Attorney

Three South Penn Square

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3499

​2014

Link

26. ​Bexar

​TX

County of Bexar District Attorney's Office

101 W. Nueva

Paul Elizondo Tower, 4th Floor

San Antonio, TX 78205

2015

Link

​27. Dallas

​TX

Frank Crowley Courts Building

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB 19

Dallas, TX 75207

​2007

Link

​28. Harris

​TX

Office of District Attorney, Harris County

500 Jefferson Street

Houston, Texas 77002

​2009

Link

29. Tarrant

​TX

Criminal District Attorney's Office

Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center

401 West Belknap

Fort Worth, Texas 76196

​2015

Link

​30. Travis

​TX

Travis County District Attorney's Office

PO Box 1748

Austin, TX 78767

​2017

Link

​Total CIU Exonerations

Link

NOTE: In addition to the CIUs listed above, the Orleans Parish, LA CIU that operated from 2014-2016 participated in 1 exoneration.


B. CIUS WITH No Exonerations RECORDED


County
​ST
​Address
​Founding Date

​1. Pima

​AZ

Deputy County Attorney Rick Unklesbay

Conviction Integrity Chief

Pima County Attorney's Office

Legal Services Building

32 N. Stone Avenue

Tucson, Arizona 85701

​2014

​2. Alameda 

​CA

Office of the Alameda County District Attorney

Conviction Integrity Unit

René C. Davidson Courthouse

1225 Fallon Street, Room 900

Oakland, CA 94612

​Unknown

​3. Contra Costa

​CA

Contra Costa District Attorney

Conviction Integrity Unit

900 Ward Street, Second Floor

Martinez, CA 94553

2019
​4. Napa
CA
Napa County District Attorney's Office
Conviction Integrity Unit
1127 First Street, Suite C
Napa, CA 94559
​2020

​5. Nevada

​CA

Nevada County District Attorney's Office

201 Commercial Street

Nevada City, CA 95959

​2017

​6. Orange

CA

Office of the District Attorney

401 Civic Center Drive West

Santa Ana, California 92701

​2019

​7. San Bernardino

​CA

San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

ATTN: Conviction Review Unit

303 W. Third Street

San Bernardino, CA 92415

​2016

​8. San Francisco

​CA

Office of the District Attorney of San Francisco

850 Bryant Street, Room 322

San Francisco, CA 94103

​2016

​9. Yolo

​CA

Yolo County District Attorney's Office

301 Second Street

Woodland, CA 95695

​2014

10. Arapahoe

CO

​ATTN: Conviction Review Unit

18th Judicial District - Office of the District Attorney

6450 S. Revere Parkway

Centennial, CO 80111

2019

​11. Boulder

CO

Office of the District Attorney, Twentieth Judicial District

Conviction Integrity Unit

1777 6th Street

Boulder, CO 80302

​2018

​12. District of Columbia

​DC

Special Proceedings Division/Conviction Integrity Unit

United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia

555 Fourth Street, Northwest

Washington, D.C. 20530

​2014

13. 9th Circuit

     Orange and Osceola Cos.


​FL

​Office of the State Attorney

Ninth Judicial Circuit
Attn: Conviction Integrity and Accountability Unit
415 N. Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801

​2018

​14. 13th Circuit

      Hillsborough Co.

     
      

​FL

State Attorney’s Office

Attn: Conviction Review Unit

419 N. Pierce Street

Tampa, Florida 33602

​2018

15. 15th Circuit
     Palm Beach Co.

FL
​State Attorney’s Office
Attn: Conviction Review Unit
401 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
​2020

​16. 17th Circuit 
      Broward Co.

​FL

​Broward County Judicial Complex

201 Southeast 6th Street, Suite 07150

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

2019

​17. Fulton

​GA

​Fulton County District Attorney’s Office

136 Pryor Street SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

​2019

18. ​Wyandotte

​KS

​Office of the Wyandotte County District Attorney

710 N. 7th Street, Suite 10

Kansas City, Kansas 66101-3051

​2019

​19. Statewide (Michigan)

     *Run by the Michigan 

     Attorney General's Office

​MI

Department of Attorney General, Michigan

Criminal Appellate Division, Conviction Integrity Unit

G. Mennen Williams Building

525 W. Ottawa Street

P.O. Box 30212

Lansing, MI 48909

​2019

​20. Jackson 

​MO

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney

​Conviction Review Unit

​415 E. 12th Street, 11th Floor

​Kansas City, Missouri 64106

​UNK

21. St. Louis City

​MO

The Circuit Attorney's Office

Carnahan Courthouse

1114 Market Street, Room 401

St. Louis, MO 63101

​2019

22. St. Louis Co.

​MO

Office of the Prosecuting Attorney

100 South Central Avenue, Second Floor

Clayton, MO  63105

​2019

​23. Statewide (New Jersey)

     *Run by the New Jersey 

     Attorney General's Office

​NJ

Office of The Attorney General

Office of Public Integrity & Accountability

PO Box 085

Trenton, NJ 08625-0080

​2019

24. ​Monroe

​NY

​District Attorney’s Office

47 S. Fitzhugh Street

Rochester, NY 14614

​2019

​25. Oneida

​NY

​Oneida County District Attorney’s Office

235 Elizabeth Street

Utica, New York  13501

​2013

​26. Orange

​NY

​Orange County District Attorney's Office

Orange County Government Center

255 Main Street

Goshen, New York 10924

​2016

​27. Ulster 

​NY

Ulster County District Attorney's Office

Ulster County Courthouse

275 Wall Street

Kingston, NY 12401

​2019

​28. Queens

​NY

​Conviction Integrity Unit

Queens County District Attorney's Office

125-01 Queens Blvd.

Kew Gardens, NY 11415

​2019

​29. Summit

​OH

​Summit County Prosecutor's Office

53 University Ave # 6

Akron, OH 44308

​2019

​30. Statewide (Pennsylvania)

     *Run by the Pennsylvania

     Attorney General's Office

​PA

​Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General 

Strawberry Square

Harrisburg, PA 17120

​2020

​31. Davidson

​TN

​Office of the District Attorney General

Washington Square, Suite 500

222 2nd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37201

​2016

32. Salt Lake

​UT

​Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office

Conviction Review Unit

33 East 500 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

​2018


NOTEUtah 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.


ANNUAL Report Excerpts


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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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.” Read more.