Our work continues stronger than ever!

We’re proud to report our 2020 successes, thanks to the unwavering dedication of countless friends and supporters. This past year, the Project:

  • Brought home FIVE innocent clients who collectively were wrongfully imprisoned 131 years.
  • Filed 27 requests regarding COVID concerns or for compassionate release on behalf of clients particularly vulnerable to severe illness or death as the coronavirus swept through IDOC facilities.
  • Received agreement from the court and/or state’s attorneys to DNA test evidence in six cases.
  • Opened and responded to 265 applications for assistance.
  • Sent CARES Act (federal stimulus) application information, including guidance on how to fill out the forms, to 43 clients.
  • Hired a part-time attorney to lead our Latino Innocence Initiative.
  • Worked with 10 forensic experts, three other innocence organizations as co-counsel and three law firms as partners on our cases.
  • Started an externship program with John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois Chicago.
  • Spread awareness of wrongful conviction through 15 presentations to audiences such as law students, medical students, undergraduate classes and the community.
  • Began collaborating with the UIS Department of Social Work to serve the needs of our freed clients.
  • Benefited from the work of 31 students from undergraduate and law schools across the country, including: UIS; the universities of Emory, Illinois State, Indiana State and Yeshiva; UIC John Marshall; and law schools at Boston University, St. Louis University, University of Illinois and University of Iowa.
  • Educated 77 students (including 21 law students) about wrongful conviction of the innocent and postconviction legal work.
  • Held virtual educational forums for IIP students and staff, with guests that included U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, civil rights attorney Sam Adam Jr. and UIS Professor Vince Flammini.
  • Saw seven of our students graduate from UIS, with four beginning their journeys to law school.

Your financial support directly impacts our ability to correct miscarriages of justice, educate
the public about wrongful convictions and reform our state’s criminal justice system.
Please make a donation today to help us bring home more innocent people.