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Frequently Asked Questions

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

How can someone ask the Innocence Project to get involved in a case?

How many people write to you each year?

How do you decide who to represent?

How many cases do you currently have, how many lawyers work on the cases and how long does each case take?

What are your largest hurdles in bringing about an exoneration?

How is the Innocence Project funded?

How are the donated funds used?

What is the relationship between the Innocence Project and other organizations doing similar work?

What is the Innocence Project’s relationship with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law?

How does DNA evidence prove innocence? What does the testing process entail?

What is the science behind forensic DNA testing?

How often do DNA tests prove innocence in your cases? Does testing ever prove guilt?

How much does DNA testing cost?

How many innocent people are there in prison?

What happens to prosecutors or police or lab analysts whose misconduct leads to wrongful convictions (do they lose their jobs or end up in prison)?

What are the causes of wrongful convictions?

What are the remedies for systemic problems? Are they being adopted?

What is the Innocence Project’s position on the death penalty?

How many people have been exonerated through DNA testing?

How much time did the exonerees serve in prison?

What is the racial breakdown of exonerees?

What are the ages of exonerees?

Are any of the exonerees women?

How many of the exonerees had criminal records before the wrongful conviction?

What happens to exonerees when they are released?

Can people sue after they are exonerated?

How often are exonerees compensated? How much?

Are services available to exonerees after release?

How can I donate to the Innocence Project?

Are there volunteer opportunities available?

How can I stay in touch and learn more about the work?

What else can I do to help?

Are you affiliated with the American Innocence Project?