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Cook County State's Attorney's Office Opens Conviction Integrity Unit

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Posted: February 3, 2012   12:45 PM

Select prosecutors nationwide, from Craig Watkins in Dallas County to Cyrus Vance in New York, have established units to investigate possible wrongful convictions cases and ensure that justice has been served in their communities. Yesterday, Anita Alvarez of Chicago’s Cook County joined that trend. Alvarez recently came under fire for her office’s reluctance to exonerate nine men wrongfully convicted as teenagers in two separate murder cases. Over 70,000 people nationwide signed a petition calling on Alvarez to join in seeking to overturn the convictions. Five of the men were finally exonerated in late 2011, with the other four following in early 2012. 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

The creation of the unit marks a “shift in philosophy,” in which the office intends to “increase our focus and our openness about these cases,” Alvarez said at a City Club of Chicago luncheon.
“In my view, my job is not just about racking up convictions, it’s about always seeking justice, even if that measure of justice means that we must acknowledge mistakes of the past,” she said
The Conviction Integrity Unit, which has been operating for the last month, consists of three prosecutors, two investigators and one victim-witness specialist, Alvarez said.

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Read background on the Chicago-area cases.

Melinda Parker says:
May 15, 2015 10:39 PM

Please help me. I need the postal mailing address for the Conviction Integrity unit in Texas. Please email it to me:
Thank you, Melinda Parker. 817-579-1495

George W. May says:
May 15, 2015 10:44 PM

Please mail me the mailing address of the Conviction Integrity Unit in Texas. I need your help. Thank you.
GEORGE W. MAY. I.D.#1079659
Dalhart Unit
11950 F.M. 998
Dalhart, TX 79022

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