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National Registry of Exonerations

The National Registry of Exonerations is a joint project of the University of the Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. They provide detailed information about all known exonerations in the United States since 1989 - cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges.

If you or someone you know were exonerated but not on their list - they have a way for you to contact them to add the name. They also provide criteria for what counts as an exoneration.

You can find them here: http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/about.aspx

Northern California Innocence Project

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) is a clinical program within Santa Clara Law School. Law students are supervised by experienced legal and forensic staff in investigating possible wrongful convictions, reviewing case histories, appellate briefs, transcripts, medical records, and other documents to evaluate claims of innocence. 

To be considered by NCIP for representation, an inmate must first submit a Consent Form and the Initial Screening Questionnaire to NCIP for review. Both documents must be fully completed in order to be reviewed and evaluated by NCIP. Please send completed documents directly to NCIP at:

The Northern California Innocence Project
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0422

If you were convicted in a Southern California court and are seeking to advance a claim of factual innocence, contact the California Innocence Project at:

The California Innocence Project
Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Click the link below for their website.

http://law.scu.edu/ncip/

Association In Defense of the Wrongfully Accused

Association In Defense of the Wrongfully Accused (AIDWYC) is a Canadian organization founded in 1993. It is made up of 50 volunteers who have reviewed hundreds of cases. They have exonerated 14 individuals. To be considered for help you must have been convicted of a serious crime, exhausted all appeals, and be innocent of the crime for which you were convicted.

http://www.aidwyc.org/public_html/index.html

Death Penalty Focus

Death Penalty Focus is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country. It was founded in 1988 with the belief that the death penalty is an ineffective, cruel, and simplistic response to the serious and complex problem of violent crime. They hope to abolish capital punishment using public education; grassroots and political organizing; original research; media outreach; local, state and nationwide coalition building. For more information visit their website.

http://www.deathpenalty.org/index.php

The Justice Reform Coalition

The Justice Reform Coalition was established in 2005 to reform the entire justice system. They aid victims of the legal system to obtain justice in their individual cases. The Justice Reform Coalition also challenges courts and their officials, stands up to law enforcement, helps citizens hold officials accountable, works with other progressive organizations, and provides training and support for community advocates.

http://justicereformcoalition.org/home.htm

False Allegations Solutions Team

FAST or False Allegations Solutions Team is an email organization of international volunteers that help people falsely accused of child sexual abuse. They are not attorneys, do not charge for assistance and can help with a defense strategy. Unfortunately they do not have the resources to provide help at this time but they do have explanatory articles and newsletters that may be helpful.

http://false-allegations-team.com/

Innocent Network

The Innocence Network is made up of organizations affiliated with the Innocence Project. They do take non-DNA cases. The Innocence Network provides pro bono legal and investigative work to help prove innocence for those who have been falsely convicted. Their website provides information on members including the types of cases each member accepts and contact information. There is also a Brief Bank with cases that might be helpful in an appeal.

 http://www.innocencenetwork.org/

 To find the nearest organization near you.

http://www.innocenceproject.org/about/Other-Projects.php

 

Center for Wrongful Convictions

The Center For Wrongful Convictions was founded in 1998. It is a university-based innocence project. They have helped exonerate 34 people, 13 of which were on death row. Additionally, 14 people were exonerated before the organization was founded. The Center For Wrongful Convictions helps in cases with no DNA evidence. They have developed cutting-edge expertise in cases involving false confessions, jailhouse informants and fire deaths.

https://www.law.northwestern.edu/cwc/

Centurion Ministeries

Centurion Ministries was founded in 1983 in Princeton, New Jersey. It is not affiliated with religion. Their organization is an investigative agency that helps free innocent people convicted of crimes. Most of their cases are non-DNA cases. Centurion Ministries helps with cases in both the United States and Canada. They generally take on about 20 cases at a time in various stages of investigation.

 http://www.centurionministries.org/

Innocence Project

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992. Their organization has exonerated 292 wrongly convicted people in the United States. They typically represent prisoners who through DNA testing can be proven innocent. The Innocence Project website has information about reforms needed in the legal system to help reduce the number of wrongful convictions. These topics include: eyewitness identification, false confessions, DNA testing, Evidence preservation, forensic oversight, innocence commissions, exoneree compensation. Other topics include: evidence preservation, innocence commissions, and false confessions, government misconduct, informants, and bad lawyering. You can also browse or search profiles of exonerated people. 

http://www.innocenceproject.org/

Questions for The Innocence Project can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call: (212) 364-5340

The Innocence Project only accepts cases on post-conviction appeal in which DNA testing can prove innocence.

To submit a case to the Innocence Project mail it to:

Innocence Project
40 Worth St., Suite 701
New York, NY 10013

 

Truth in Justice

Truth in Justice is a non-profit corporation whose main goal is to heighten public awareness of the epidemic of wrongful convictions. They refer wrongfully convicted persons to appropriate resources, but they do not personally provide advocacy services.

http://truthinjustice.org/about.htm

National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center

National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping both the people who have been falsely accused of child abuse and their attorneys. Their goal is to preserve the rights of the falsely accused through education. The National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center holds conferences, gives referrals, and provides links to Senators and Representatives. They will not provide free services but this website does have some useful information in posts.