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Conviction Integrity Unit
The Conviction Integrity Unit (the “CIU”) investigates claims of innocence to determine whether there is clear and convincing new evidence that the convicted defendant was not the person who committed the offense.
Have Your Case Reviewed
The CIU investigates claims of factual innocence based on new evidence; it does not function as a “13th juror” to review factual questions that already have been decided by a jury. Its mission is to determine whether new evidence shows that an innocent person has been convicted of a crime, and to recommend steps to rectify such situations. Only a court can actually set aside a conviction.
- You must have been convicted and sentenced for a felony in the State of Michigan, and the direct appeal process must be complete
- You must present a claim of factual innocence which means that you played no role in the criminal act.
- The claim must be supported by new, credible, material evidence that has not been addressed on its merits by any court.
- The new evidence or information must not have been raised during post-conviction appeals (direct appeal, federal habeas, MCR 6.500, etc.).
- The claim must be capable of being investigated and resolved, and if substantiated, would bear directly on the issue of factual innocence.
Submission of your petition does not guarantee investigation of your claim.
It also does not toll the time to file an appeal or any post-conviction motions that may be appropriate.
The CIU will not review claims solely alleging judicial errors, such as unfavorable court rulings or procedural errors, those alleging lawful sentences are excessive or harsh, or those seeking to re-litigate affirmative defenses, evidence, or information previously considered by a prior finder of fact such as a jury or judge.
Submit Your Case
Claimants are encouraged to use the CIU application, although the CIU will accept any writing that provides the necessary information.
Claims must be brought to the CIU’s attention in a written document, sent to the CIU through the U.S. Mail or an email. The CIU will not consider claims presented through telephone calls.
Before submitting your application, first save the document so you can attach it to an email.
Submit claims by email or to:Michigan Department of Attorney General
Conviction Integrity Unit
3030 W. Grand Blvd. Ste. 10-200
Detroit, MI 48202
Please do not send supporting documentation. If we accept your case, we will reach out with any requests for documentation.
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