First of Its Kind
In The Nation
The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is the first of its kind in the nation. The Commission was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2006 and began operating in 2007. Since then, the Commission has reviewed over 3,000 innocence claims and conducted multiple hearings.
Independent & Balanced Truth Seeking
The Commission is charged with providing an independent and balanced truth-seeking forum for credible post-conviction claims of innocence in North Carolina.
The Commission is separate from the appeals process. A person exonerated through the Commission process is declared innocent and cannot be retried for the same crime.
The Commission began operation in 2007
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*Data compiled December 31, 2022
*Includes individuals exonerated as a result of the Commission’s investigations either through a post-conviction three-judge panel or a Motion for Appropriate Relief and governor’s pardon of innocence.