Conviction Review Unit

Broward State Attorney Michael J. Satz recognizes that prosecutors have a continuing post-conviction ethical obligation to seek justice. No one benefits when an innocent person is convicted and the real offender is not held accountable. The Conviction Review Unit (CRU) was created to give additional oversight to cases that warrant an extra review. This unit uses panels, composed of members of the community, to review claims of wrongful conviction that are being examined by a unit attorney and investigator. Please complete this petition if you have a claim of actual innocence, supported by dispositive information or evidence that was not previously litigated, and have no current appeals.




Please submit this Petition to have your case reviewed by the CRU: Conviction Review Petition


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Conviction Review Unit's Independent Review Panel:


The Conviction Review Unit is seeking applications from members of our community to sit on rotating panels to review cases presented for actual claims of innocence. If you are interested in serving on the Independent Review Panel (IRP), please submit this application: Independent Review Panel Application




The State Attorney's Office cannot provide legal advice. Please consult with an attorney prior to submitting a petition if you need assistance or have any questions regarding anything contained in this petition. If you are currently represented by an attorney, the CRU will only communicate with your attorney. You should consult your attorney prior to submitting your petition.


The Linda B. Bell Identity Theft Unit

Since 1982, the Broward State Attorney’s Office has been investigating claims involving innocent people who were issued traffic tickets or charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses because their identities had been stolen and misused. If this has happened to you, we can help. For more information and documentation, please click: Identity Theft Unit Docs On December 29, 2000, our unit was named in honor of the dedicated founding paralegal, Linda B. Bell.


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