segunda-feira, 12 de maio de 2014

The Innocence Project: Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project was created by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld in 1992 at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law to examine cases in which DNA testing could yield conclusive proof of innocence.

The project, a non-profit legal clinic, gives law students the opportunity to handle the case work, while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff. The project goes through thousands of applications each year from inmates seeking its services.

Project Takes Only DNA Cases"Most of our clients are poor, forgotten, and have used up all of their legal avenues for relief," the project web site explains. "The hope they all have is that biological evidence from their cases still exists and can be subjected to DNA testing."

Before The Innocence Project will take on a case, it is subjected to extensive screening to determine if DNA testing would prove the inmate's claim of innocence. Thousands of cases may be in this evaluation process at any given time.

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