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:
    • Insanity
    • Intoxication
    • Self-defense
    • 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.