Cases We Take
The IIP reviews cases where the applicant claims to be actually innocent of the crime(s) for which he or she is convicted.
In order to challenge a conviction, there must be substantial new evidence to support a claim of innocence. This newly discovered evidence could be physical evidence that was not previously subjected to forensic examination, such as DNA testing. Newly discovered evidence may also include non-physical evidence. We investigate cases where there is a substantial chance new evidence can be discovered.
We are unable to represent all applicant who apply to our project; we are only able to become involved in a select number of cases.
The IIP may consider your case only if EACH of the following is true:
- The conviction is for a felony crime committed in the state of Illinois.
- You have eight (8) or more years left to serve on your sentence.
- You are claiming actual innocence in the case for which you are currently serving your sentence. Your claim cannot be based upon:
- That you were a minor actor in the crime
- Admitting consensual sex
- Wanting a sentence reduction
- The belief that you should have been convicted of a different crime.
- You are not currently represented by an attorney.
- You are not currently awaiting trial or pursuing your direct appeal.