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Q. What is the Innocence Project? How did it get started?

A. The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

The Innocence Project was founded at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 1992, and became an independent nonprofit organization (still closely affiliated with Cardozo) in 2004. Since the organization’s founding, 321 people have been exonerated through DNA testing in the United States, including 18 who were at one time sentenced to death. The Innocence Project was involved in 173 of the 321 DNA exonerations. Others were helped by Innocence Network organizations, private attorneys and by pro se defendants in a few instances.

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Q. ¿Qué es el The Innocence Project (Proyecto Inocencia)?

A. The Innocence Project fue creado en 1992 en la Facultad de Derecho Benjamín N. Cardozo por los abogados Barry Scheck y Peter Neufeld, expertos en derechos civiles, y tiene por objetivo la exoneración de inocentes mediante pruebas de ADN practicadas tras la condena. Desde su fundación, más de 300 personas han sido exoneradas en los Estados Unidos, incluyendo 18 que habían sido condenadas a muerte. Nuestra combinación única de conocimientos científicos, legislación y justicia social ha permitido crear un programa integral y potente para la defensa de las libertades individuales y la reforma del sistema judicial vigente.

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