"Rebuilding the Lives of the Wrongfully Convicted"

Innocence Projects

 

Alabama

The Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama is a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

Alaska

Alaska Innocence Project is an Alaska based non-profit corporation that provides legal, educational, and charitable services to identify and exonerate individuals who have been wrongfully convicted in the state of Alaska and to provide educational opportunities that foster a culture that champions the defense of the innocent. 

Arizona

The Arizona Justice Project helps to overturn -- and prevent -- wrongful convictions in the State of Arizona by examining claims of innocence and manifest injustice, and providing legal representation for inmates believed to have been failed by the criminal justice system.

Northern Arizona Justice Project investigates claims of actual innocence arising from cases prosecuted in the state of Arizona

Arkansas

Innocence Project Arkansas
School of Law Legal Clinic
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone:
 479-444-1595 

California

Nothern California Innocence Project works to exonerate innocent prisoners and pursue legal reforms that address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions.

Southern California Innocence Project

Colorado

Colorado Innocence Project as the Universty of Colorado at Boulder which also includes the Wrongful Convictions Clinic that  investigates claims by Colorado prisoners who, despite being convicted, assert they are, in fact, innocent.

Connecticut

Connecticut Innocence Project seeks to isolate cases of incarcerated individuals who have been convicted of crimes in Connecticut for which they are innocent, and seek their exoneration.

Florida

Florida Innocence Project helps innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives through the use of DNA testing.

Georgia

Georgia Innocence Project performs complicated work with a simple goal: to free innocent people from prison. GIP's mission is to free the wrongly prosecuted through DNA testing, to advance practices that minimize the chances that others suffer the same fate, to educate the public that wrongful convictions are not rare or isolated events, and to help the exonerated rebuild their lives.

Hawai'i

Hawai'i Innocence Project provides free legal assistance to Hawaiʻi prisoners with substantiated claims of actual innocence in seeking exoneration, including investigating and obtaining DNA testing. HIP also studies the major causes of wrongful conviction and educates students, attorneys, and the public on how they may be minimized.

Idaho

Idaho Innocence Project 

Illinois

The Downstate Illinois Innocence Project provides assistance to attorneys representing downstate Illinois inmates convicted of crimes they did not commit and seeks to Prevent conviction of innocent persons in the future.

Medill Innocence Project

Northwestern Law Center on Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice through three components: representation, research, and community services .

Northwestern Law Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth identifies, investigates, and litigates credible innocence claims of wrongfully convicted young people, provides resources and support for actors in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and advocates for policy reforms that will decrease the likelihood that any youth will be wrongfully convicted.

University of Chicago Exoneration Project represents clients who have been convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. The Project assists clients in asserting their claims of actual innocence in state and federal court.

Indiana

Wrongful Conviction Clinic at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis

Iowa

Iowa Innocence Project is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent and remedy wrongful convictions in the State of Iowa through education, advocacy, and litigation. The Project's volunteers provide representation to inmates with viable claims of actual innocence.

Kentucky

Kentucky Innocence Project was developed by the Department of Public Advocacy to provide incarcerated men and women who have legitimate claims of innocence with a resource through which their claims may be investigated and presented to the courts of the Commonwealth for relief. 

Louisiana

Innocence Project New Orleans represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release.

Massachusetts

Justice Brandeis Innocence Project at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University was established to make a contribution to resolving the untenable ethical, civil and human rights issues created by wrongful convictions.

Michigan

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Innocence Project seeks to identify, provide legal assistance to, and secure the release of persons who are wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and to provide its students with an excellent learning experience. It is the only such project in the state.

Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School

Minnesota

Innocence Project of Minnesota seeks to keep innocent people from being convicted and to free people imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit.

Mississippi

Mississippi Innocence Project identifies, investigates and litigates meritorious claims of innocence on behalf of Mississippi prisoners serving lengthy periods of incarceration. 

Montana

Montana Innocence Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exonerating innocent Montana inmates and preventing future wrongful convictions. 

Nebraska

Nebraska Innocence Project seeks to exonerate the innocent, educate the public, and improve the criminal justice system.

New Mexico

The Innocence and Justice Project at the University of New Mexico School of Law is dedicated to exonerating people who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit.

New York

Office of the Appellate Defender is a not-for-profit firm devoted to providing high quality representation to indigent persons convicted of felony crimes.

Criminal Justice Clinic: Post-Conviction Project at Pace University Law School

The Exoneration Initiative is a pioneering organization that provides free legal assistance to wrongfully convicted persons in New York. We primarily focus on the most challenging cases, those that lack DNA evidence.

The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal clinic that works to free innocent people who have been wrongly convicted and incarcerated, and to bring substantive reform to the criminal justice system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence coordinates case investigations by Innocence Projects at each of North Carolina’s law schools, including Campbell, Charlotte, Duke, Elon, NCCU, UNC, and Wake Forest. 

Ohio

Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law ("OIP") seeks to identify and assist those prison inmates who claim to be actually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted.

Oregon

Oregon Innocence Project was formed in 2005 as a clinic at the University of Oregon School of Law . The work of the organization is now carried out by student volunteers. We are a group of committed law students interested in helping innocent inmates and their attorneys with their cases.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Innocence Project 

Innocence Institute of Point Park University investigates claims of wrongful convictions, raises awareness of the frailties associated with the criminal justice system, acts as a recourse to those working to reverse injustice, and provides educational training in investigating reporting to college students and professionals.

South Carolina

Palmetto Innocence Project seeks to provide pro bono legal assistance to prisoners convicted of serious crimes in South Carolina where cognizable claims of actual innocence or contentions of serious injustice in the criminal process exist, and to provide educational opportunities to law and journalism students in assisting attorneys an law and journalism professors in representing prisoners who would otherwise be financially incapable of obtaining legal assistance  

P.O. Box 11623
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone:  803-779-0005  803-779-0005

Texas

Texas Innocence Project

The Innocence Project of Texas is dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions and securing freedom for men and women wrongfully imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit.

Actual Innocene Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin

The Fair Defense Project part of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Virginia

Institute for Actual Innocence at the University of Richmond School of Law

Washington

Innocence Project Northwest Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law

West Virginia

The Innocence Project at West Virginia University School of Law

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School

 

Regional Innocence Projects

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project seeks to prevent wrongful convictions in D.C., Maryland, and Virgina

Midwestern Innocence Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to the innocent in prison. 

New England Innocence Project provides pro bono legal assistance to inmates who have claims of actual innocence. NEIP's mission is to represent persons wrongly convicted in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont and to advocate for the reform of our criminal justice system.

Rocky Mountain Innocence Project works to correct and prevent the conviction of innocent people in Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.  

 

Other Criminal Justice Organizations

America's Wrongfully Convicted seeks to expose the compelling evidence that has been intentionally suppressed, resulting in malicious prosecution.

Centurion Ministries seeks to vindicate and free from prison those who are completely innocent of the crimes for which they have been unjustly convicted and imprisoned for life or death and assist clients, once they are freed, with reintegration into society on a self-reliant basis.

The Justice Project

Innocent! aims to provide assitance to those who have been wrongfully convicted

The Innocent Network is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.

Proving Innocence provides support for the wrongfully convicted seeking to prove their innocence and support upon reentry into society.

Roderick MacArthur Justice Center

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Sentencing Project

Southern Center for Human Rights

Truth In Justice is a nonprofit organization working to free wholly innocent men and women convicted of crimes they did not commit.