The Western Michigan University Wrongful Conviction Program

The Western Michigan University Wrongful Conviction Program is the public education section of The The Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School Innocence Project, a part of the Innocence Network which has been credited with the release of over 329 wrongfully accused prisoners mainly through the use of DNA testing.


In 2001, Michigan enacted a DNA statute (MLC 770.16) which provides a post conviction remedy for wrongfully convicted people who are innocent of the charged offense and whose innocence can be established by DNA testing of the biological evidence collected at the time of the offense. In its short life, the WMU-CIP has exonerated three individuals:

  • Kenneth Wyniemko
  • Nathaniel Hatchett
  • Donya Davis

causes of wrongful convictions

For more information on how wrongful convictions occur.

Get involved

See how WMU students can be involved in the WMU-Wrongful Convction Program.

support the project

Please see how you can help the wrongfully convicted.

Contact us

For further information, please contact Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten at WMU.

For news about the wrongful conviction program.