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Phone: 850-561-6767
1100 E Park Ave
Tallahassee
Florida 32301
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Target demographics: people who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit,

Geographic areas served: Florida

Programs: Investigation & Litigation: The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) screens and investigates cases in which credible innocence claims are identified, secures DNA testing through litigation when biological evidence exists, and advocates for the release of each inmate proven innocent by this highly critical scientific analysis.

Exoneree Support: The Florida exonerees, those whose innocence has been proven and who have been released from prison, spent an average of 19.5 years wrongfully incarcerated. Upon their release, the State of Florida provides them nothing – not a change of clothes, not a bus ticket, no support through a re-entry program. IPF has a full-time social worker on staff who arranges for and provides aid to exonerees, which may include medical, psychological, and social support; occupational training and assistance; housing assistance; family support; and education.

Criminal Justice System Reforms: IPF works with people from across the criminal justice system – including prosecutors, victims, law enforcement agencies and defense advocates – to enact meaningful reform. Improving fairness and accuracy in the criminal justice system benefits all segments of society. Victims and their families can see justice; prosecutors and police can have the tools to do their jobs well; the public can have more confidence in the system; and innocent people and their families can avoid the tragedy of wrongful convictions.

Mission:
The Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. helps innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. We screen and investigate cases in which meritorious innocence claims are identified; secure DNA testing when biological evidence exists; advocate for the release of each inmate excluded from criminal responsibility by this highly critical analysis; provide transitional and aftercare services to those releases after decades of wrongful imprisonment; and advocate for necessary criminal justice reform to avoid wrongful incarcerations in the future.
Results:
Florida has freed 14 men after DNA testing proved their innocence. Collectively, they spent 268 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.

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10/26/13
I have had no personal experience with the Innocence Project of Florida, however, from the things I have read, I have to say this is perhaps one of the greatest testaments to justice that America could have. What could compare with the efforts to clear a person's name of wrongdoing and bring about ... more »
10/24/13
My experience with the Innocence Project of Florida is relatively small compared to some others who have reviewed though I know the innocence project is a worthy and important cause. IPF serves those in need. The goal to insure justice for all is a lofty one and IPF excels in every way possible. ... more »
10/23/13
I have been a supporter of--and volunteer at--the Innocence Project of Florida organization for over two years, and my association with this wonderful non-profit has been one which has brought me a newer insight into the legal, social and political plight of society's most vulnerable and ... more »
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