Tuesday 19 September 2017

What is the Innocence Project?

THE Innocence Project is an international organisation dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals.

Since it began, 307 people have been exonerated in the USA; 17 of those had served time on death row.

Co-founded in 1992 by US attorneys Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, the Innocence Project provides pro-bono (free) legal and investigative services to people trying to prove their innocence.

DNA and other evidence is re-examined where there are claims of wrongful conviction.

The project typically involves students (mostly law students) handling case work while supervised by a team of lawyers.

The Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College Dublin, founded in October 2009 and led by Dean of Law David Langwallner, is reviewing 20 active post-conviction cases.

Students from Griffith, Trinity College and Dublin City University staff the project.

The breakthrough in the Harry Gleeson case was a consequence of the casework done by Griffith College graduate Tertius Van Eeden.

Irish Independent

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