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The Innocence Project is an organization dedicated to freeing the innocent people who are trapped in the U.S. prison system even though they are not guilty of the crime of which they are accused. The PDF document uploaded above is the 2012 report of the Innocence Network, which work in cooperation with the Innocence Project. The 2012 report documents 22 cases in which innocent people were freed from prison due to the work of the Innocence Project.
The Innocence Project works through a network of organizations in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and other countries. Sadly, the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey and Oregon do not have their own organizations.
Here is the Mission Statement of the Innocence Project:
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, more than 300 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 18 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.
The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provide direct representation or critical assistance in most of these cases. 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. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.