Innocence Matters

Rating: 5 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education, Crime & Law

Location: PO Box 1098 (physical address given for appointments) Torrance CA 90505 USA

Mission: We believe the innocent should not be incarcerated and when mistakes are discovered we should all join forces to correct the error and free the innocent quickly. Our work is primarily focused on the broader goals of education, prevention and reform. We are particularly interested in improving the quality of indigent defense services and implementing systemic changes that will better protect the innocent and encourage the legal community to more quickly acknowledge and correct errors. Our preventative programs are designed to bring about lasting change and provide a broad toolkit for the innocent and their attorneys.
Results: September 24, 2012: John Edward Smith was reunited with his family after serving 19 years for a murder he did not commit. October 10, 2014: Susan Marie Mellen was reunited with her family after serving 17 years for a murder she did not commit.
Target demographics: the innocent
Programs: the I Am Innocent seminar that teaches the innocent how to prevent their wrongful conviction and the Ganging Up on Innocence investigation program to help people who have already been wrongfully convicted.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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I've been following Innocence Matters for years and what better organization to donate to then this? The hard work, time and passion everyone gives is an amazing thing to witness! Keep up the great work! You're an inspiration to many!

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I have been a supporter of Innocence Matters for 3 years now. My daughter introduced me to the organization when she began her internship there while she was still in law school. She came home each night thrilled and motivated to keep working. She knew early on the experience would change her life and when she talked about her time at Innocence Matters, her passion radiated from her and we in her family couldn't help but be proud of her and how she chose to expend her efforts. Under Deirdre O'Connor's mentorship, our daughter helped investigate and wrote sections of a habeas petition that successfully freed an innocent man. Her father and I were at the courthouse the day of the exoneration and our excitement and pride cannot be overstated. Innocence Matters addresses real, current problems in a unique way that gets results. Get involved if you can. I've seen firsthand: it's worth it.

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I've followed Innocence Matters for the past three years and its goals, personnel and execution have never ceased to amaze me. They provide necessary services to a group of unserved, deserving people, when no other organization exists to do the job. They are the ideal, a nonprofit filling a gap where neither government nor the private sector can act effectively.

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