Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Established by Peter J. Neufeld and Barry C. Scheck (civil rights attorneys) in 1992, the Innocence Project started at Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law located at Yeshiva University in New York City. The mission of the Innocence Project is to aid inmates who have the chance of being established innocent through the technology of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing. The Innocence Project, which has the status of a nonprofit organization, was based at Yeshiva University until 2003, when the group moved to its own location. The affiliation between the university and the Innocent Project remains solid. Both Neufeld and Scheck are members of the faculty. The project has five full-time lawyers working on cases, and each year, students of Cardoza School of Law work with the Innocence Project. Their responsibilities include investigating cases and locating evidence that might hold DNA and assisting lawyers in drafting motions for the court. Along ...