Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $934,003)
The Arizona DNA Advocacy Project is a collaboration between many of the most experienced post-conviction lawyers in the state, with a goal of reviewing, investigating, and evaluating as many cases as possible over the next two years where DNA testing might show actual innocence, and bringing appropriate cases forward for DNA testing. The goal is to seek and find cases where DNA analysis could result in exoneration and release of persons wrongfully convicted.
We project that with the partnership structure we will be able to review and investigate up to 67 cases per year, far more than could be achieved by each party working alone. In addition, we will for the first time have collaborators covering the vast majority of the state.