About the Innocence Network

About Us

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of 68 organizations from all over the world dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions. Currently, the Innocence Network consists of 56 U.S. based and 12 non-U.S. based organizations.

The majority of the Innocence Network’s members are based in the United States and are mainly focused on criminal justice reform in the United States, but the Network also includes non-U.S. organizations that meet its membership criteria. The Network maintains an International Committee, and we strongly encourage the development of sister networks across the world, such as Red Inocente, recognizing them as critically important partners in this work globally.

Please contact the Innocence Network Support Unit with any questions about Network membership or the membership process. If you are seeking legal assistance, please contact the Network member in your area.

Important Note: the Innocence Network Support Unit does not review claims of innocence. If you or a family member are reaching out with an inquiry for legal help or assistance, please click here to find an Innocence Network member organization in your area.


 

Network Statement on Exoneree Rights

As advocates for exonerees, we recognize the great need to make their transition easier by enhancing the availability of and access to the necessary assistance and resources. We are committed to that effort and believe exonerees should have the right to the following resources and services upon their release from prison, as needed or desired by the exoneree.

Read more.


 

Network Statement Concerning Victims

In seeking the exoneration of innocent individuals who have been convicted of crimes, the Network is acutely aware that our representation may understandably concern victims of those crimes, as well as family and friends of those victims. We recognize that our involvement in many cases may create pain or anguish. Although these consequences are unintended, the Innocence Network seeks to minimize them, while remaining devoted to its mission to exonerate innocent individuals and reform the system. In so doing, the Network believes that it shares several fundamental values with victims.

Read more.

History  

The advent of new DNA testing methods in the early 1990s gave rise to a number of organizations dedicated to proving claims of innocence that had been almost impossible to prove without DNA. As research on the causes of wrongful convictions, including eyewitness misidentification and false confessions, proliferated, claims of innocence based on non-DNA evidence were on the rise, as were the number of innocence organizations, largely housed in law schools in clinical programs. By 2000, there were 10 programs that met in Chicago for what would be the first Innocence Network Conference, now held annually each spring.

In 2004, the member organizations decided to define their association as a loosely affiliated network. A group of organization directors developed a planning committee to create membership criteria and a structure to guide the work of the members. The first 15 official members of the Network were admitted in November 2005, and a Network Executive Board was established.

Over the past eight years, the Network has more than quadrupled in size with members in the United States as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Taiwan, Argentina, South Africa, Italy, and France. Its members include independent nonprofits as well as organizations affiliated in varying degrees with law schools or other educational institutions, units of public defender offices, and pro bono sections of law firms.

Job Openings at Network Organizations

Paralegal, Innocence Project

The Paralegal provides administrative assistance to the Innocence Project’s attorneys on case management and time-sensitive litigation matters, and organizes and maintains our litigation resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of both our own DNA exoneration cases and those of outside counsel who seek our assistance.  This is not a “traditional” paralegal position in the sense that we ask our paralegals to engage in tasks and make decisions that require enterprising, out-of-the-box thinking.  We seek mature, self-motivated individuals who can be effective communicators with different stakeholder groups (supervisors, colleagues and clients), who can take initiative, are self-starters, and are able to manage multiple demanding tasks simultaneously. The Paralegal reports to one Senior Staff Attorney and also works closely with the staff attorneys to administer the Innocence Project clinic, working in close collaboration with clinic students from Cardozo Law School. Read... read more

Clinical Law Fellow, Michigan Innocence Clinic

The University of Michigan Law Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Michigan Innocence Clinic. This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year. The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to allow attorneys to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching and fully support them in that endeavor. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with a clinic director, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for professional development and scholarship. Read... read more

Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Innocence Project

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is a public interest law firm organized as a non-profit corporation. We are dedicated to exonerating those who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, and preventing innocent people from being convicted. The Staff Attorney will work with, and be supervised by, the Executive Director, Legal Director, and Managing Attorney of the Project’s Pittsburgh Office (“Supervisors”). The Staff Attorney will take part in the investigation and litigation of cases at the trial and appellate levels. The Staff Attorney will assist his/her Supervisors with supervision of law students enrolled in clinical programs with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. Some travel and evening and weekend work is required. The Staff Attorney will be based in the Philadelphia office, but will support case work throughout Pennsylvania. The position will be available in August/September 2018. Read... read more

Staff Investigator, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is a nonprofit innocence organization dedicated to exonerating those who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, and preventing innocent people from being convicted. The Staff Investigator is responsible for conducting and overseeing all investigations at various stages during the review and litigation process. The position will be available starting in July, 2018. Salary is commensurate with experience. Read... read more

Communications Coordinator, Innocence Project of Florida

The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. (IPF) is seeking a Communications Coordinator with a demonstrated passion for social justice issues, beginning September 2018 in its Tallahassee, Florida office. The Communications Coordinator will be a full-time position and will report directly to the Executive Director. The Innocence Project of Florida is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing Florida prison inmates who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. IPF is the premier criminal justice organization in Florida and has helped secure the release of numerous individuals who collectively spent over 350 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Read... read more

Managing Attorney – Nebraska, Midwest Innocence Project

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Managing Attorney position beginning immediately in its Omaha, Nebraska office. This position reports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following job responsibilities relevant to MIP’s legal and administrative work in Nebraska. The Managing Attorney will have day-to-day responsibility for investigating and litigating cases in Nebraska, as well as management and administration for the Omaha office, including community and donor engagement and such other matters as may be assigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project. Read... read more

Director of Development & Operations, Midwest Innocence Project

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organizationdedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS,NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newlydiscovered evidence. The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Director of Development &Operations position beginning immediately in its Kansas City, Missouri office. This positionreports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following jobresponsibilities relevant to MIP’s external/outreach and administrative work. The Director will have day-to-day responsibility for management and administration for theProject including budgeting and financial reporting, taxes, procurement, human resources,payroll, property and risk management, office technology, and such other matters as may beassigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project. In the development role, the Director will have day-to-day responsibility for marketing anddevelopment including donor solicitation and donor relations, donor database management, grantapplications and grant management, and special events. In addition, the Director will maintainand update the Project website, oversee social media, and coordinate communications withprospective and existing donors with oversight from the Executive Director. Read... read more

Director of Strategic Litigation

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a Director of its newly created Strategic Litigation Unit. The Strategic Litigation Director will play an essential leadership role in the agency’s pursuit of systemic and institutional reform and will be responsible for leading CPCS litigation efforts in areas which involve systemic issues affecting a broad class of CPCS clients in all practice areas. Read... read more

Staff Attorney

The Georgia Innocence Project (“GIP”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exonerating the factually innocent in Georgia and Alabama, remedying the causes of wrongful convictions, and helping the exonerated rebuild their lives. We are seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to assist in case review, investigation and post-conviction litigation proceedings, and to build and coordinate our volunteer attorney program. This position is based in our office in Decatur, Georgia, and will require travel throughout Georgia and Alabama. The staff attorney reports directly to the Executive Director. Read... read more

Staff Investigator

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) is a non-profit organization located in the District of Columbia that works to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. We are seeking a Staff Investigator to work as an integral part of fulfilling that mission. MAIP Staff Investigators are primarily responsible for conducting witness and document investigations into cases in which individuals are claiming innocence and conducting investigative work in cases where MAIP is representing an individual we believe has a strong innocence claim. The Staff Investigator reports directly to the Legal Director and also will work on cases under the direction of other MAIP attorneys and/or attorneys at MAIP’s affiliate, the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic. Read... read more