Innocence Project

What’s worse than a heinous crime? Being convicted of committing it when you didn’t do it. The Innocence Project, run by New York’s Cardozo School of Law, only handles cases where post-conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. So far it has won the release of 175 people who didn’t commit the crimes they were convicted of; thousands more await testing to provide the proof they need to be freed. The site’s intention is to “raise awareness and concern about the failings of our criminal justice system. It is a facet of our society that eventually touches all of its citizens. The prospect of innocents languishing in jail or, worse, being put to death for crimes that they did not commit, should be intolerable to every American, regardless of race, politics, sex, origin, or creed.”

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