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Innocence Project Of Florida Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   28 reviews 1,122

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services, Crime & Law

Address:

1100 E Park Ave Tallahassee FL 32301 USA

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.

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.

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850-561-6767
www.floridainnocence.org

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Reviews for Innocence Project Of Florida Inc

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Innocence Project of Florida is run by an incredibly passionate team of individuals truly committed to exonerating the wrongly imprisoned. Having met many members of their staff, it is no surprise that they have produced a remarkable resume of work over the past several years and counting.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing work being done in a state where the old "tough on crime" saw still sells and where justice is still more about money and race than just justice. This is a state that's proud of its school-to-prison pipeline, a state where a junior high school boy gets arrested and charged as an adult for assault for passing gas in class (YES, ARRESTED FOR FARTING). It is a state that on the brochure looks glossy and in the backwoods looks a little too old-timey. And it's a state that very much needs and appreciates the hard work of the people at Innocence Project of Florida, Inc. Wish we could make their funding and offices as big as the capital!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing organization!! Keep up the terrific work!!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization that gets the job done in the name of justice. Amazing what they do on a daily basis!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I did an externship at the Innocence Project of Florida during law school. Couldn't have had a better experience--incredible staff (friendly, funny, knowledgable and so utterly dedicated) and a noble mission. I miss them!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The people who work there are incredible, hardworking, wonderful people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been following the work of IPF for nearly 10 years. In the face of very difficult odds, they have managed to offer hope and justice in place of unfairness for the wrongly convicted of Florida. They provide legal counsel and investigative support to their clients' cases, of course. But in addition, IPF also includes SOCIAL services to help ensure the smooth transition of exonerees back into the mainstream of society.

They accomplish so much with so few resources. What they might do with even more resources just stirs the soul.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

IPF faces incredible odds in its mission to see that justice is done for Florida's wrongfully incarcerated -- that is to say, wrongfully *convicted* -- citizens. Some/Most of these people have been imprisoned for decades: witnesses die, move away, or forget the details; prosecutors and detectives move on to other things; judges retire; evidence gets lost or goes bad; legislators and other powerful individuals don't want to seem "soft on crime" and/or risk alienating law enforcement... That IPF has helped so many in its relatively short lifetime so far, while surviving for the most part on bits and pieces of grants and donations, is really a tribute to the commitment and skill of the organization. They communicate very well through their blog and newsletters. They also have on staff a full-time professional social worker to assist exonerees in transitioning to the outside world; I believe this may make them unique among state Innocence Projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Most of the IPF's work is DNA-related. There are advantages to this emphasis, but it would be great if they could broaden their scope to cover miscarriages of justice which have nothing to do with DNA evidence: faulty eyewitness testimony, prosecutorial misconduct, and so on. (I know: both expensive and high-risk.)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Great Job what The Innocence Project Of Florida does, many many people look down on prisoners, just because they are behind bars, without wondering...was their trial far? Did the sentence reflects Justice? People should be more aware about nonprofits like this one!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

These people are sincere. Previous director Jenny gave me great advice for Sean Killian our wrongfully convicted youngest son, nearly 10 yrs ago. Now that we have exonerated him ourselves because Orlando was too closed minded to bother at that time, we wait for an opportunity to right the wrong done to him when FL stole his years. From 21 to 31 yrs old. letmybrothergo.com is a site with much of his story. All the eyewitnesses said Sean was not involved and not present. Did you know you can be convicted by heresay alone? When other suspects are ignored? When you don't speak Spanish and it was a Spanish phone call which convicted you? Consider yourself lucky you didn't go to trial in 2005 Orlando FL. Now we hope for correction of this horrid error committed by UCF campus police. I support Innocence Project because I am now aware of how easy it is to be innocent and yet incarcerated in Florida. - hugs to all who suffer - as Pete Seeger used to say "Keep on keeping on.." Fifi

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a criminal defense lawyer, I follow the work of the Innocence Project of Florida very closely. They work that they do is incredible. The thought of what it must be like for innocent person to rot away in the hellhole of a state prison is hard to comprehend. I thank the Innocence for the incredible work that it does every single day to right the wrongs of these terrible injustices.

 
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