"The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."
The Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing, creates policy reform in the criminal justice system, and provides resources for people who were wrongly incarcerated.
The Innocence Project focuses on the exoneration of the wrongly convicted, to date, 375 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 21 who served time on death row. The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provide direct representation or critical assistance in most of these cases. Their intake and evaluation staff conduct extensive research into each case to determine whether DNA testing could be conducted to prove innocence. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. The Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
Reform: The Innocence Project’s Strategic Litigation department works through the courts and the legal system to address the leading causes of wrongful convictions and prevent future injustice. Improving the system benefits everyone. Innocent people avoid wrongful arrests and convictions, police and prosecutors are given better tools to catch the real assailants, victims receive justice, and the public has greater confidence in the system.
Support: Their Social Work department reaches out to exonerees before they have even left prison to assess what type of support they will need to restore their lives.
Education: The Innocence Project also works towards expanding knowledge and research into forensic sciences. They also provide resources to assist researchers, lawyers, and others interested in learning about wrongful convictions. Exonerees face the formidable task of reinventing their lives and identities when they walk out of prison. Many of them have lived decades within the rigid confines of prison. Navigating the intense transition back into the “outside world” can be distressing and disorienting.
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