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Postconviction DNA Testing Assistance Program

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $2,500,000)

At the California Innocence Project, a law school program of California Western School of Law (CIP) and the Northern California Innocence Project, a program of Santa Clara University (NCIP), law students' work with criminal defense lawyers to seek the release of wrongfully convicted prisoners in the state of California. The two Innocence projects receive annually a combined 1,000-2,000 requests for inmate assistance. Together the two projects have obtained the exonerations of 14 people, whose overturned convictions included first and second-degree murder, armed robbery and child molestation.


Date Created: September 23, 2009