Conviction Review Unit

The Conviction Review Unit was created by District Attorney Jackie Lacey in 2015 and is responsible for reviewing claims of actual innocence submitted by people convicted of felonies or anyone who has the written permission of the inmate.

The District Attorney initiated the unit to ensure that innocent people are not currently incarcerated and to maintain the office’s tradition of pursuing the truth and seeking justice.

To qualify for review, the convicted person must be in custody, the crime must be a felony and there must be new credible evidence of innocence.

For more information, review our frequently asked questions.

Requests must be submitted in writing to the District Attorney’s Office. To file a claim, please click here for the form. (Presione aquí para obtener una versión en español del documento.) Download the form and then fill in the information as requested. Formal court documents do not need to be attached.

To read District Attorney Lacey’s commentary on “Why a Conviction Review Unit is Needed” for the Los Angeles News Group, click here