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Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU)

Staffed with dedicated Assistant District Attorneys, support staff and investigators, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) investigates and reviews convicted offenders’ legitimate claims of innocence and wrongful conviction. In addition to reviewing cases, the unit makes recommendations about ways the office can operate more efficiently, effectively and adopt nationally-recognized best practices.

All requests to the CIU must be submitted in writing by the petitioner using the CIU Submission Form (3 pages). Requests for review will not be accepted by third parties including friends and family members. If a petitioner is represented by counsel, the submission must come from his or her attorney. Submissions will first be reviewed by the following criteria before the unit conducts an in-depth review:

1. The conviction must have been in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas (First Judicial District),
2. There must be a claim of actual innocence or wrongful conviction, and,
3. The claim must not be frivolous.

PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS WE RECEIVE, WE WILL NOT SEND CONFIRMATION UPON RECEIPT OF SUBMISSION FORMS. INSTEAD, WE WILL CONTACT THE PETITIONER IF WE REQUIRE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR WHEN WE ARE READY TO COMMUNICATE OUR FINAL DECISION.

WE DO NOT PROVIDE UPDATES OVER THE PHONE.