The Innocence Project: Can Science Free Innocent People from Prison?


The Innocence Project deals with flaws in the justice system that have resulted in over 1,000 people likely wrongly convicted. It is a non-profit legal clinic that gives prisoners freedom after being wrongly convicted of offenses. The Innocence Project was created by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992 to investigate deeply into the cases legitimate claims of mistaken convictions. It was affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

This project is a national litigation and a public policy organization. This organization is dedicated to the exoneration (absolve from blame of a fault or wrongdoing) of wrong people. DNA is a major factor in changing the criminal justice system. There have been many new updates in DNA testing that allows us to have a fresh look at old evidence. DNA has opened up many windows to give scientific proof about the wrongly convicted person.

A lot of people has wasted most of their time, opportunities for appeal, life, and their means (money to defend their case) before the Innocence Project came along. As time passes, the Innocence Project has grown to become much more that the “court of last resort”. Thousands more of imprisoned clients have signed up to go through the Innocence Project, and are awaiting an extensive screening to determine whether or not DNA could prove their innocence.

For some of the cases, they have found the real perpetrator (suspect), but there are some that are still looking for those.There are 48 Innocence Project bases spread throughout the United States, and international organizations such as Australia, Canada, and Europe. The project also teamed up internationally with Innocent Red (an incentive to help attorneys and agencies set up an Innocence Project) During the duration of the project, over 300 people have been freed, and will continue to free people over the time.