289 people have been proven innocent by the Innocence Project. Can you make it 290?
via Crowdrise 4 years ago
BENEFITING: Innocence Project
"The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, 289 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.
The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provide direct representation or critical assistance in most of these cases. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment."
-The Innocence Project mission statement
The Innocence Project spends 94% of its funds helping wrongfully convicted individuals fight the system, and to raise awareness through further donation. Every year, more and more people are found to have served time for crimes they did not commit.
DNA testing and legal representation is very expensive, so please help fund their efforts today.
On a personal note, I once saw a man speak who had spent twenty years in a maximum security prison for a crime he did not commit. He is not the only one who is in prison because the system failed- help free his brethren, and prove their innocence.