Wisconsin Innocence Project Awarded National Institute of Justice Grant

Posted: 2009.9.28

The Frank J. Remington Center's Wisconsin Innocence Project was recently notified that they are the recipient of a grant from the National Institute of Justice.  Working in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Office of Justice Assistance, the State Public Defender and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, the Wisconsin Innocence Project will use grant funds to launch a new postconviction DNA testing program. Under the grant, the Wisconsin Innocence project will undertake an 18-month, proactive effort to identify all individuals in the Wisconsin Prison System serving time for rape and murder convictions that would benefit from postconviction DNA testing in an effort to determine if any were wrongly convicted.

The State Crime Laboratory and the Office of Justice Assistance will also receive a portion of the grant to assist in covering costs related to DNA testing and administration.

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