Innocence Project
The Innocence Project works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. The Innocence Project evaluates over 6,000 cases every year and works on nearly 300 active cases at any given time.

Videos from Innocence Project

Innocence Project 03:01 Politics and Advocacy

Roy Brown relives the trial that convicted him for a crime he did not commit, and explains how science played a huge role in his appeal.

Life After Exoneration

Innocence Project 03:06 Politics and Advocacy

Calvin C. Johnson, Jr. and Herman Atkins, Sr. talk about being exonerated through DNA evidence and the obstacles they faced upon their release.

Innocence Project 06:51 Politics and Advocacy

John Thompson was sentenced with the death penalty and heavily relied on his legal team to get the case overturned before being executed in 30 days.

A Message From Nathan Brown

Innocence Project 02:28 Politics and Advocacy

Nathan Brown was released from prison after serving nearly 17 years for crime he did not commit, and shares how easy it can be to get caught in the system.

Innocence Project 04:42 Politics and Advocacy

The Innocence Project gives wrongfully convicted people the platform to share their story on being exonerated.

Eyewitness Identification

Innocence Project 07:42 Politics and Advocacy

Jennifer Thompson shares her story about being assaulted and making an eyewitness identification, which later led to the wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton.

Ask an Innocence Project Attorney

Innocence Project 10:33 Politics and Advocacy

The Innocence Project Director of Post-Conviction Litigation, Vanessa Potkin, answers questions submitted by people on social media platforms about the criminal justice system.

The Partnership

Innocence Project 02:04 Politics and Advocacy

Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld talk about the strong bond they have and how it helps them at the Innocence Project.

Innocence Project 03:36 Politics and Advocacy

Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld talk about why they work to exonerate people and why they feel so passionate about doing their job.

Innocence Project 02:32 Politics and Advocacy

Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld talk about the obstacles wrongfully convicted people face once they are released.

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The Innocence Project will continue to take on as many cases as possible to ensure the freedoms of the innocent, but the only way widespread change can happen is by changing the laws. That's why the Innocence Project's policy department works day in and day out with officials on the national, state and local levels to fight for a better criminal justice system.

The team advocates for reforms that address the following contributors to wrongful convictions: Eyewitness misidentification, unvalidated and improper forensic science, false confessions, informants, government misconduct, and inadequate defense.

See the progress your state is making in addressing these issues, read about what the Innocence Project's policy team is doing to help, and learn about why reform is needed to improve the criminal justice system as a whole. 

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