Last updated on: 10/15/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Innocence Project Biography

Position:
None Found to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Mar. 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“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, 208 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 15 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 12 years in prison before exoneration and release.”

“About Us,” The Innocence Project website (accessed Oct. 15, 2007)

Mission:

“The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provided 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.”

“About Us,” The Innocence Project website (accessed Oct. 15, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3)
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Be Allowed to Collect DNA Samples from Non-Violent and Non-Convicted Offenders?