Wisconsin Criminal Justice Commission Meets

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

A new Criminal Justice Commission is taking steps to identify and fix problems that have led to wrongful convictions in Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, members of the State Bar, the UW Law School, Marquette Law School and Wisconsin's Attorney General held their first meeting with hopes to improve the state's criminal justice system.
The commission is coming together to make sure people who are innocent do not get convicted of a crime.

The chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission, Michael Malmstadt, says, "We've had in the last several years a number of situations where people where convicted, did substantial periods of time in prison, were found out later to be not guilty."

The story of Steven Avery is one of the most recognizable cases of wrongful conviction in the state. Avery spent 18 years in prison until DNA evidence cleared him back in 2003.

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