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Photos from the ICADP Archive Dedication and Annual Meeting can be see here: http://tinyurl.com/c6xza3g

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DEDICATION of the ICADP ARCHIVES

The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty spent 36 years fighting capital punishment—and succeeded in January 2011. The story of this battle is contained in fifteen linear feet of documents detailing every inch of our road to victory. Please join us for a reception and program at the Richard J. Daley Library starting at 5:30 on Tuesday, June 26 in the Conference Room on the main floor.

Program Keynote Speakers:
Representative Karen Yarbrough, Abolition Bill Sponsor
Senator Kwame Raoul, Abolition Bill Sponsor

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Time: 5:30- 7:30pm
Program: 6:00pm
Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St, Chicago, IL

Appetizers and wine will be served.

To RSVP, please email Megan at megan@icadp.org.

*ICADP ANNUAL MEETING AND BOARD BALLOT TO TAKE PLACE FOLLOWING THE KEYNOTE PROGRA

National Registry of Exonerations Created

This week, the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University of Law launched the first National Registry of Exonerations at exonerationregistry.org. This new joint project represents the largest collection of such cases ever assembled and it will be continually updated.

The purpose of studying exonerations is to learn how to prevent and correct false convictions. The Registry was released with a report, Exonerations in the United States, 1989 – 2012, available at exonerationregistry.org.

Of the 873 exoneree files that provide extensive case details, 101 of convictions were death sentences. Those 873 exonerated defendants spent a combined total of more than 10,000 years in prison.

For more information:
Associated Press: Study: 2,000 Convicted Then Exonerated in 23 Years
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/05/21/us/politics/ap-us-wrongly-con...

Los Angeles Times: Registry tallies over 2,000 wrongful convictions since 1989
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dna-revolution-2012...

USA Today: Wrongful convictions shine spotlight on judicial system
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-05-20/wrongful-conviction...

Please continue to share this incredible resource with others.

Illinois Death Penalty Fund Increases Public Safety

As part of the passage of the death penalty abolition bill in 2011, funds from the Capital Litigation Fund were reallocated to the Death Penalty Abolition (DPA) Fund, as administered by The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA). The goals of the DPA are to enhance public safety and to increase support of the survivors of homicide victims.

The first phase of DPA implementation begins with a collaboration between ICJIA and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB). The two groups are working to develop an advanced investigator training program.

ICADP continues to monitor the administration of the DPA and is pleased that former death penalty funds are enhancing programs that support survivors of homicide victims and increase public safety. We are proud to have led the passage of legislation that not only ended a broken system but went a step farther by developing preventative and sustainable programs that improve systems for survivors.

For more information on the Death Penalty Abolition Fund and surrounding efforts, go to www.icjia.state.il.us/victimsaid.

Anniversary of a Death Penalty Free Illinois

This Friday marks the one year anniversary of abolition in Illinois. We were pleased that the Chicago Sun-Times ran an opinion piece marking the event and highlighting all the ways Illinois is better off being death penalty free. http://tinyurl.com/7romf6t

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