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UB Innocence Project Clinic Helps Gain Exoneration of Wrongly Convicted Man; Brother Also Exonerated

After serving 25 years in prison following wrongful convictions for conspiracy to commit murder, brothers Kenneth “J.R.” McPherson, 45, and Eric Simmons, 48, were fully exonerated on May 3 and went home to their families. The exonerations were sought by … Continue reading

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UB Law Alumnus Keith Showstack Describes Helping Chris Wilson Get a Second Chance After a Life Sentence

Chris Wilson got a life sentence for a murder at age 17. After an initial period of despair in a Maryland prison, he found it within himself to dream of a better future, determined to one day walk out a … Continue reading

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Opinion: After Exoneration, Apologies From Government Are Simply Not Enough; Compensation is Needed

There was much rejoicing last month when Clarence Shipley Jr., 47, was completely cleared of all criminal charges in a Baltimore city courtroom after serving 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. The exoneration was the … Continue reading

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‘Ungers’ Study Provides Blueprint for Reform to Address Problem of Mass Incarceration

The American public is finally becoming aware of the problem of mass incarceration, but not enough is being done to address it. Reform efforts have focused on non-violent offenders, as UB School of Law Professor Jane Murphy wrote in a … Continue reading

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