The Innocence Project Analysis

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The Innocence Project was founded by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck in 1992 at the Cardozo School of Law. The Innocence project is an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. This project helps wrongly accused and convicted individuals be exonerated by DNA evidence. They also reform the criminal justice system to prevent anymore injustices. 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”. This project has helped exonerate 349 people in the United States, including 20 people who served time on death row. Most of the individuals this project has…show more content…
The project’s intake and evaluation staff research each case to determine whether DNA testing could be conducted to prove individuals innocence as well as guilt. When the Innocence Project started the groundbreaking use of DNA technology it allowed them to free innocent people and prove that wrongful conviction can happen in the criminal justice system. The Innocence Project’s Strategic Litigation department created in 2012, works along with the legal system and courts to acknowledge the many leading cases of wrongful convictions. The department’s three attorneys use multiple strategies to make judges, policymakers and other attorneys aware of the inaccuracy of forensic science. They also acknowledge that sometimes witness can be unreliable. For example they forget what they saw or they switch up their story. The department’s attorneys accomplish this through the filing of amicus briefs, consulting with and supporting defense attorneys across the country, representing individual clients, training attorneys and judges, and collaborating with the Innocence Project’s Policy Department to pass
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