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Christine Mumma

Christine Mumma is Executive Director of the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence (, which coordinates the work of North Carolina law school organizations. The Center has represented numerous North Carolina citizens who have been exonerated after serving years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Most recently, in January 2015, Mr. Joseph Sledge was exonerated after serving almost 37 years for a double-murder in Bladen County, NC. Ms. Mumma also served as executive director of Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake’s North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, which studied causation issues associated with wrongful convictions and recommended policy reforms designed to increase the reliability of convictions. Criminal justice reform initiatives championed by Ms. Mumma have included jailhouse informant reliability standards, eyewitness identification, recording of interrogations, expanded preservation of biological evidence, increased access to DNA testing, increased compensation and support for exonerees, the establishment of the country’s first state-funded Innocence Inquiry Commission, and North Carolina’s 2011 Forensic Sciences Act.