A First Try: The Innocence Commission for Virginia

Jon B. Gould, George Mason University

ABSTRACT
The Innocence Commission for Virginia (ICVA) is only the third innocence commission in the U.S. and the first to be sponsored by non-governmental entities. This paper considers the rise, findings and effectiveness of the Commission, comparing its experience with that of the North Carolina and Connecticut innocence commissions, and analyzing what influence it may have within Virginia and across other states as they wrestle with the problem of erroneous convictions. (The author is Chair of the ICVA.)

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