Prosecutors want Innocence Commission to exclude prisoners who pleaded guilty

Prosecutors across the state have mounted an effort to block defendants who plead guilty from appealing to the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission, a state agency that examines claims that a prisoner may have been wrongly convicted.

Since 2007, nearly 30 percent of applicants’ cases involved guilty pleas.

“The innocence commission is a very, very unique entity, and it should not be used as a fail-safe for all the other problems in our system,” said Peg Dorer, executive director of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys. “If they are just going to start picking up all the cases that fall through the cracks, well, that’s not their purpose.”

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