The Exoneration Project is a national pro bono program based out of the Kane Center for Legal Education in Chicago, Illinois. Started in 2007, The EP advocates in court for individuals who have been convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. The criminal justice system is imperfect, and there are many wrongful convictions resulting from problems such as faulty evidence, police misconduct, and inadequate legal representation. We represent those whom the system has failed. To that end, we investigate and litigate post-conviction cases with the ultimate goal of exonerating those wrongfully convicted. Law students work alongside veteran civil rights attorneys to represent innocent individuals who are incarcerated in Illinois, Colorado, and throughout the nation for crimes they did not commit. Situated in the city dubbed the "False Confession Capital" by 60 Minutes, our Chicago clinic strives to investigate and litigate against all causes that lead to the imprisonment of the innocent, restoring justice for the men, women, and youth who have been caught in one of the most egregious errors in our justice system: wrongful conviction.
The EP is a free legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School dedicated to representation of the wrongfully convicted.
In recent years, DNA exonerations have shed light on the problem of wrongful convictions, exposing an ever-expanding population of innocent individuals fighting for their freedom. Explore the common causes of wrongful conviction, and the lasting effects of these errors on the wrongfully convicted, their families, and their communities.
The EP works with clients in Illinois and across the country in state and federal post-conviction cases. Each and every EP client represents a case of actual innocence, and each case an opportunity for the justice system to right its wrongs. Explore the compelling stories of our clients, past and present, and meet our growing number of exonerees.
Legal, community, non-profit, and governmental organizations alike are working tirelessly across the nation to repair our broken justice system. Meet the groups involved in the Innocence Movement and see how you can become involved in supporting our project and the many groups nationwide advocating for the wrongfully convicted.