Exoneree Support Toolkit (2014)

The Innocence Network’s Exoneree Support Committee has put together the Exoneree Support Toolkit in order to help Network Member Organizations with pre and post exoneration support. The toolkit offers template documents that individual Network member organizations can download and customize to fit their own needs and populate with their own information. The Toolkit includes the following documents: Exoneration Checklist Exoneree Questionnaire/Needs Assessment Sample Reentry Resource Brochure Reentry Resource Lists Reentry Partner Documents Sample Employment Partner Letter from Life After Innocence List of Partnerships Click here to access the Exoneree Support Toolkit (zip file will...

Fundraising for Clients (2015)

If you are anticipating an exoneration and think you want to help your client with post-release resources through fundraising, this guide is designed to help you think through some of the options.  An exoneration, or release from prison via another legal victory, is a major event for both the client and the innocence organization.  A successful campaign can help your client start a new life and contribute to the growth and visibility of your organization and this guide will help you consider how your fundraising can and will impact both the individual and the organization. Click here to access the Client Fundraising...

Razoo Guide for Innocence Network Clients (2016)

Razoo is an online fundraising platform that allows organizations and individuals to easily create custom pages to raise money for anything. Razoo offers discounts on platform fees for Network members and clients – please email Sara at slacavalieberman@innocencenetwork.org to find out more. This guide gives you step by step instructions on how to create a page for an individual and tips for making your fundraiser a success. Click here to access The Razoo Guide for Innocence Network...

Storytelling for Innocence Organizations (2018)

Storytelling can change hearts and minds. It can help elicit empathy, foment action, and shape the way people see the world. And it can create new narratives about the criminal justice system. In our efforts to build a worldwide movement to end wrongful conviction, storytelling is an essential tool and innocence organizations are uniquely positioned to tell stories that can contribute to the change we want to see. Given that storytelling can be so powerful, we have a responsibility to wield that power thoughtfully. The choices around which stories we tell, who tells them, and how they are told have a big impact on power dynamics both internally and out in the world. But, if you can effectively harness the power of storytelling, you will be a more successful fundraiser, advocate, litigator, ambassador, and change- maker. This resource responds to questions Network Members have raised around things such as: what questions to ask for a great client interview, whether it’s possible to talk about open cases and what things to consider, and how to partner with your clients in a respectful way to be able to tell the stories that connect donors and supporters to our cause.  Click here to access Storytelling for Innocence...

Suggestions for Working with Crime Victims in Exoneration Cases (2016)

The innocent and their families are not the only ones harmed by wrongful convictions. The victims and survivors of the original crimes also suffer deeply – from the knowledge that the real perpetrator was never apprehended or punished, from having to relive the trauma and pain of the crime committed against them, from losing faith in a system that they relied on to protect them and serve them justice, and from a profound sense of neglect by the courts and justice officials. This toolkit was created in cooperation with crime victims and survivors from cases involving exonerations. Its purpose is to enhance Network members’ sensitivity toward victims and survivors in innocence cases and to improve the working relationship between them. Click here to access Suggestions for Working with Crime Victims From Exoneration...