New Conviction Integrity Unit
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Former Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser was selected by Attorney General Josh Shapiro to spearhead Pennsylvania's new Conviction Integrity Unit. Shapiro and Lazzari-Strasiser made the announcement on the state's new initiative Wednesday. According to a news release, the purpose of the unit will be to review and reevaluate past convictions to ensure justice, working in partnership with the state�s district attorneys, law enforcement and victims. "This unit provides a mechanism for the review of cases to make sure justice was served, and if not, to right the wrongs of our imperfect system," Shapiro said. "This is critically important work and our focus will be to collaborate with Pennsylvania counties lacking the necessary resources to properly revisit and analyze past convictions." Lazzari-Strasiser said she is proud to be taking on the lead role of this new program, saying that it's important for all sides of law enforcement to continue keeping communities safe and to ensure the system is working fairly. "Having been the former public defender for Cambria County and the former district attorney for Somerset County, I can tell you it is the responsibility of prosecutors to pursue justice and correct past mistakes, even when those mistakes are made by law enforcement," Lazzari-Strasiser said.