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Innocence Project

The purpose of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project is to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted. The Innocence Project works with convicted individuals who have exhausted all appellate proceedings, meaning that they are past the post-conviction relief stage and can take no further steps. New volunteers typically begin with a stage two review. The stage two review involves analyzing a potential client’s case and making a recommendation concerning his or her innocence and the likelihood of new evidence or testimony. This will usually take a few hours and can be completed in one visit to the office. Volunteers will gain investigative and practical skills, by working on a potential client’s case and applying the Innocence Project guidelines.

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project provides the opportunity to do hands on work and play a key role in great organization. Assessing wrongful conviction claims and making an initial screening decision is an extremely rewarding way to utilize the theoretical skills gained at Penn Law. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project provides volunteers with a crash course on the realities our judicial system, areas in dire need of improvement, and various paths that lead to exoneration.


Student Leaders

Alexa Jacobson Executive Director
Michael Buchwald Director of Recruitment & Training
Katherine Schroeder Treasurer & Outreach Coordinator