Conviction Review Unit FAQs

Who may file a claim?

Claims may be submitted by the person convicted of the crime or anyone who has the inmate's written permission.

What types of claims will be reviewed?

Only claims pertaining to felonies where the convicted person remains in custody will be reviewed. Additionally, the claimant must show that he/she has new evidence pointing to innocence that was unknown at the time of trial or plea.

May juveniles who were prosecuted as adults have their convictions reviewed?

Yes. Claims by people who were juveniles at the time of the crime but were prosecuted as adults may be reviewed if they meet other qualifying criteria.

May a conviction based on a guilty or no contest plea be reviewed?

Yes. Convictions based upon a guilty or no contest plea may be reviewed if they meet other qualifying criteria.

May claimants have other post-conviction proceedings pending?

Claimants must have exhausted their state appeals and cannot have a pending state habeas proceeding. However, if the claimants have federal habeas petitions pending, they may be eligible to submit a claim.

Who will investigate the claim?

The Conviction Review Unit has its own team of attorneys and investigators who are assigned to investigate the claims received.

How long do investigations take?

The length of an investigation may vary from case to case; it can depend on the nature and complexity of the case and the availability of information needed to complete the investigation.    

Does filing a claim cost money?

No, there is no cost to file a claim.

How do I contact the Conviction Review Unit?

Claimants may send questions and completed questionnaires to They also may call the Conviction Review Unit at (213) 893-0487. Questions regarding the conviction review process will be answered promptly.