Our Mission: The Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP) seeks to exonerate the innocent, educate students, and reform the criminal justice system by identifying and remedying the causes of wrongful convictions.
The revelation of wrongful convictions has shaken up the criminal justice system. Nationwide, law students in innocence projects across the country have worked to free hundreds of wrongly convicted inmates, giving them their lives back after years of unjust incarceration. Law students in the Wisconsin Innocence Project have worked to free twenty people, relying in some cases on cutting-edge DNA technology, in other cases on old-fashioned investigation. Through their work on these cases, the students learn about the operation of the criminal justice system and how our system, often touted as the best in the world, can sometimes go awry. In proving innocence years after a conviction, the students gain insight into how a wrongful conviction can occur, and how it might have been prevented.
WIP in the News:
Wrongly Convicted Reentry Act
Exonerees face many challenges upon release. To learn about these challenges, why Wisconsin's current compensation for exonerees inadequately addresses these challenges, and why the soon-to-be introduced Wrongly Convicted Reentry Act better equips exonerees to face these challenges, please follow this link.
Criminal Justice System Information
The US Department of Justice recently issues a new policy statement creating a presumption that all custodial interrogations of suspects in federal criminal cases will be electronically recorded. For more information about this policy, please follow this link.
Getting it Right- The Innocence Project:
Fraud Alert - We have heard that there may be people who fraudulently represent themselves as working for the Wisconsin Innocence Project, promising legal representation in exchange for money. These people do not work for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. The Wisconsin Innocence Project provides all legal representation for free. While we rely on charitable donations to support our work, we never solicit money for our services from our clients.