Friday, June 08, 2007

Innocence Project Celebrates 15 Years

In 1992, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld started the Innocence Project in New York. The purpose of their project was to use DNA evidence to exonerate people who had been wrongly convicted. Since then, 201 people who were sent to prison for crimes they did not commit have been exonerated. Read an article about the 15th Anniversary of the Innocence Project here.
Did you know that Minnesota’s Innocence Project is on Hamline’s campus? It is a non-profit legal clinic that only handles cases where post conviction DNA testing of evidence can yield conclusive proof of innocence. As a clinic, students handle the case work while supervised by a team of attorneys and clinic staff.
If you would like to find out more about the Innocence Project and the use of DNA to exonerate innocent individuals, look at The Innocents, KF9756 .S56 2003, and Bloodsworth: the true story of the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA, HV8701.B56 J85 2004 .

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