Tennessee Case Highlights Need for Independent Review of Wrongful Convictions

April 22, 2022

Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean

Last month, after Joseph Webster had spent 14 years in a Tennessee prison for a murder he did not commit, his conviction became the first one vacated by the Conviction Review Unit in Davidson County since it was established in 2016. Mr. Webster’s case demonstrates that the mere existence of a conviction review unit is not enough to root out wrongful convictions.