Structure of the Innocence Network

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence for crimes for which they have been convicted, working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions, and supporting the exonerated after they are freed.

The members of the Innocence Network are all independent organizations that are all individually governed and funded. The Network does not provide direct financial support to its members.

The Network is overseen by an Executive Board elected by Network member organizations and is staffed by the Network Support Unit, a department within the Innocence Project. The Network also has various working groups and committees (which include Membership, Amicus and Policy, Ethics and Best Practices, International, and Exoneree Support) that conduct much of the Network’s work and offer services to individual Network members.

For interested parties from outside of the United States, please note that while the Innocence Network welcomes applications from all organizations that can satisfy its membership criteria, and while non-U.S. members have full membership rights, including voting rights in the Network, the resources that the Network provides are primarily geared toward U.S.-based organizations. Among other things, all Network materials are distributed in English, Network meetings are conducted in English, and the organizational development services that the Network Support Unit offers are predominately applicable to organizations within the United States. All applicants are also expected to meet the Network’s Ethics and Best Practice standards despite possible conflicts that might arise in conjunction with international jurisdictions.

The Innocence Project, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation based in New York City, is a founding member of the Network, serves as the headquarters of the Network, and owns and enforces rights in the “Innocence Project” trademark.