Conviction Integrity Section
The Conviction Integrity Section (CIS) reviews credible claims of innocence in coordination with district attorneys to correct any miscarriage of justice and seek the truth.
The Attorney General established the Conviction Integrity Section to reinforce Pennsylvania’s commitment to the highest standards of fairness in our criminal justice system. The CIS will review claims of innocence statewide and provide substantial resources to review past convictions in collaboration with district attorneys, police agencies and victims to ensure justice.
|A request to review a conviction may come from a district attorney having original jurisdiction of the conviction or a direct application to the CIS. After application, the CIS and the district attorney will conduct a joint review to determine if a claim meets the following criteria:
 ABA MODEL RULES OF PROF’L CONDUCT 3.8 (g) (2008) – “When a prosecutor knows of new, credible and material evidence creating a reasonable likelihood the defendant did not commit an offense of which the defendant has been convicted…”
Victim Role in Post-Conviction Review
The rights and well-being of the victim are of utmost concern during the post-conviction review process. The Agency will protect the privacy and safety of the victim while balancing the integrity of any re-investigation to ensure fairness in the search for the truth. Victim services including recommendations for support and resource referrals are available to include the assistance of a victim advocate within the Agency.
THIS OFFICE DOES NOT REPRESENT YOU, CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE AND THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE DOES NOT APPLY TO INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE APPLICATION OR OTHER COMMUNICATION.