A Neutral,

Fact-Finding State Agency

Charged with Investigating Post-Conviction Claims of Innocence

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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is a state agency established in 2006 by the General Assembly to investigate and evaluate post-conviction claims of factual innocence.

Commission members

The Commission is made up of eight members selected by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The members include a Superior Court Judge, a Prosecuting Attorney, a Defense Attorney, a Victim Advocate, a Member of the Public, a Sheriff, and two Discretionary members.

The Commission staff carefully reviews new evidence and investigates cases in a neutral and impartial manner.

Total Claims Received

Total Cases Closed

Claims Received in 2023


*Data compiled December 29, 2023

Staff Members

Our staff includes an Executive Director, two Associate Directors, four Staff Attorneys, two Grant Staff Attorneys, a Victim Services Program Manager, a Case Manager, and a Paralegal.

15-Year Anniversary Celebration

In 2022, the Commission celebrated its 15th Anniversary!* The Commission is incredibly proud of all it has accomplished in its first 15 years as the only state agency of its kind in the nation.

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