Midwest IP Client Floyd Bledsoe Helps Pass Law Requiring Recorded Interrogations

Midwest IP Client Floyd Bledsoe Helps Pass Law Requiring Recorded Interrogations

Midwest Innocence Project Partially buried within a package of bills signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback last week was a compromise between innocence groups and a law enforcement lobbyist that will require that police interrogations be recorded in the most serious of cases. Last year, passage of a bill requiring recorded interrogations for murder and felony sex cases looked impossible. This year, it looked inevitable, passing the Senate unanimously and passing the House by a vote of 115 to 9. The difference between passage and defeat was Ed Klumpp, who represents several law enforcement groups. He and prosecutors opposed the idea last year as a costly legislative mandate on small Kansas law enforcement agencies. Read...
Business and Office Manager, Witness to Innocence

Business and Office Manager, Witness to Innocence

Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI actively challenges political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. WTI also seeks ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration. The Business and Office Manager will serve as the administrative staff person for the organization. S/he will be responsible for maintaining the organization’s records, including financial records, overseeing the organization’s databases, conducting business communication with the organization’s contractors and vendors, and managing the organization’s day-to-day operations. This is a full time position. Read...
Case Analyst, Innocence Project

Case Analyst, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. There are five Case Analysts responsible for the evaluation of all potential innocence claims according to the mission and protocols of the Innocence Project. Case Analysts review claims of innocence that have passed through a pre-screening process. These cases are presorted and require varying levels of review. Analysts may specialize in a particular type of review and therefore the detail below is over-inclusive to the particular job functions of an individual analyst. The Case Analysts report to the Case Director and work in close collaboration with all staff in the department, in particular the Document Manager and the Investigations Attorney. The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office. Read...
Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and reform the criminal justice system. The Deputy Director of Development is a new position being created to help manage a growing and dynamic department. Reporting to the Director of Development and External Affairs, the Deputy Director will supervise the Managers for Individual Giving and Special Events and have significant responsibility for expanding support for the annual campaign including a significant role in managing the annual benefit. In addition the Deputy Director will provide the Director of Development with support in overall decision making related to the strategic direction of the department. Read...
Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. The Strategic Litigation Department’s goal is to reduce courts reliance on faulty and unreliable evidence. Focusing on the leading causes of wrongful convictions, the team litigates in the areas of forensic science, eyewitness identification, and unreliable confessions. The Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation reports to the Director of Strategic Litigation and works closely with the Innocence Project’s Co-Directors, and other members of the department, including a paralegal.  Staff attorneys also collaborate with staff in the Legal, Policy and Science/ Research Departments. The staff attorney hired to fill this position will work primarily on the Innocence Project’s eyewitness identification law reform initiatives. This is a full time position and requires some travel. Read...