|Innocence Projects provide representation and/or investigative assistance to prison inmates who claim to be innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. There is now at least one innocence project serving each state (except Oregon and Tennessee, whose programs are undergoing reorganization). Most of these innocence projects are new and overwhelmed with applications, so waiting time between application and acceptance is long. Wrongfully convicted persons should not be dissuaded from applying to Innocence Projects because of this, but should have realistic expectations regarding acceptance and time lags. Check the list for the innocence project in your area; we update it regularly.|
Contact information for all US innocence projects
Claudia WhitmanFor the last 25 or so years, Claudia Whitman, who resides north of Mancos, Colorado in a cabin near Joe Moore Reservoir, has fought to help prove the innocence of imprisoned people who have exhausted all other resources. Ms. Whitman is originally from Los Angeles, but lived the majority of her life in Maine before moving to Southwest Colorado nearly 25 years ago.
National Capital Crime Assistance Network
Yet the OIP now has one of the top defense attorneys in the country as
its legal director.
The Professor and the Prosecutor:
Anita Alvarez’s office turns up the heat on David Protess’s Medill Innocence Project
The Professor's Response: The Chicago Innocence Project
Watchdogs Over the Justice System
A One-Two Punch to Innocence Projects
evidence has been used to exonerate more than 230 people
wrongfully convicted nationwide, including 24 in New York State. The
resulting stories of innocent men being freed after decades in prison
have captured the public’s imagination and provided fodder for a number
of Hollywood dramas. But the proliferation of
such exonerations, as well as the wider
availability of DNA evidence, has also made it harder for prisoners
seeking to prove their innocence in the much larger number of cases
that do not involve DNA evidence. Many lawyers have grown more
reluctant to take on these kinds of cases because they are much harder
and more expensive to pursue. Now efforts are
emerging to change that. New Efforts Focus on
Exonerating Prisoners in Cases Without DNA Evidence
Global Investigations, a leading nationally known
private investigations firm, has announced through its CEO, former
Manhattan prosecutor Robert Seiden, a partnership with well-known
exoneree Martin Tankleff and renowned investigator Jay Salpeter to
launch the Fortress Innocence Group ("FIG") -- the first high-quality
national investigative company focused on working with lawyers to
secure evidence to overturn wrongful conviction cases. Fortress Innocence.
angered by societal injustice, and fresh out of
Cornell University in 1997 with a degree in English, Huy Dao
figured that if he was going to work
for peanuts, he didn't want to be getting someone's coffee. So he took
a job as case director for the Cardozo Innocence Project, delivering
murder and a long list of wrongful convictions have fired a
public campaign that threatens to erode confidence in the justice
system in Western Australia. Western Australia Innocence
|Since her days as a law school student,
Katie Monroe has had a passion for criminal cases with more questions
than answers. n 1992,
her professional interests and personal life collided when the
death of her mother's longtime companion landed Beverly Monroe in
prison for a murder she claimed she didn't commit. Katie Monroe's work
led an appellate court to overturn her mother's conviction in
2002. Now Monroe
has begun a new chapter in her career as the first
executive director of the Utah-based Rocky Mountain Innocence Center
(RMIC), a privately funded organization that investigates claims of
innocence in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. Fighting Wrongful
Verdicts a Passion
of Frank Quattrone, the powerful Silicon Valley banker still embroiled
in a federal court fight over his actions during the Internet
boom, have pitched in $500,000 to support the Northern California
Innocence Project, a non-profit organization
that helps defend indigent people who say they are wrongly
Cynthia Orr, president-elect of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, believes Texas needs a coordinated program to sift through the volumes of mail she and other criminal defense attorneys receive from prisoners who allege they were wrongly convicted. Texas Age of Innocence?
|Inspired by the successes of big-name attorneys like Barry Scheck and of no-name students from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, more than three dozen like-minded groups have sprouted around the country in the past decade. Spread of Innocence Projects seen as 'new civil rights movement'|
Centurion Ministries is a small organization whose limited resources are not able to meet the demands of the many requests for assistance which it receives. Therefore, CM has established a list of several criteria to be met before they will consider a case.
Centurion MinistriesClick HERE to visit Centurion Ministries' website.
Cardozo Innocence Project
If you know of a case where the innocence of a wrongly convicted citizen can be proven through DNA testing, contact:
Innocence Project at Cardozo Law SchoolThe Innocence Network is currently expanding efforts to establish satellite Innocence Projects at law schools across the country. These projects will handle cases in which factual innocence can be proven through means other than DNA.
Remington Center Innocence Project
To apply for representation by the Remington IP:
Inmates in Wisconsin prisons should sign up to see the LAIP representative.
Inmates in prisons outside Wisconsin should write to:
Innocence Project of Frank J. Remington CenterPlease note: The IP makes its decisions about which cases to take once a year, in August. This may result in a long wait for some applicants.
Innocence Project Northwest
Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions
For further information, write to:
Center on Wrongful Convictions