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D.A.'s office to create a wrongful convictions claims unit

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Brian Banks, center, reacts with his mother, Leomia Myers and father, Jonathan Banks, outside of a Long Beach court after being exonerated. Banks, a former Long Beach high school football star and prized college recruit, served more than five years in prison. Nick Ut/AP

Yesterday, LA County's District Attorney's office announced it will be creating a unit to review wrongful conviction claims. Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey is asking for nearly $1 million to fund the new team. 

Similar units have been cropping up across the country. Harvard Law Professor Ron Sullivan designed and implemented a conviction review unit in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the show to talk more about it. 

 

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