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New England Innocence Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Public Interest Law

Mission: The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) provides pro bono assistance to inmates who have claims of actual innocence. The New England Innocence Project’s mission is to assist persons wrongly convicted in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont and to advocate for the reform of our criminal justice system. The New England Innocence Project was founded in 2000. NEIP considers cases in which a conviction is final and in which scientific testing or other investigative leads could establish a strong likelihood that the individual is factually innocent. In addition to its work on behalf of individual inmates, NEIP also seeks to raise public awareness of the prevalence, causes, and costs of wrongful convictions, and advocates for legal reforms that will hasten the identification and release of innocent prisoners. It is the New England Innocence Project’s vision that no one in New England will ever go to prison for a crime he or she did not commit.

Results: In June we hosted our annual litigation training, with over 120 attorneys and other criminal justice experts in attendance. This summer we assisted with Vermont's first ever DNA exoneration and were able to walk an innocent man out of prison. Recently, we have moved offices and are now on our own for the first time, and have been devoting time to creating a functional and productive NEIP environment.

Geographic areas served: New England States: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with NEIP 2001 when I was doing 20 to 30 yrs 2nd degree life and 1 day to natural life. sentences. Thru the experience of the lawyers students and volunteers. I was released on April 3rd 2003 proven innocent of all crimes thru the use of DNA. I have steadily worked with this organization since that time. I have helped change laws been involved with fundraisers and done anything asked of me to help. Then 2 yrs ago they asked me to be on the board. Of course I accepted. I continue to help thru speaking and anything else needed. It has been an honor and a privilege to be associated with this fine organization thru out the yrs and I look forward to continue working with them.