Innocent Project

The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

How DNA Changed the World of Forensics | Retro Report | The New York Times

20 mei 2014

Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?
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1 Conversations with History: Barry Scheck

25 apr. 2008

Barry Scheck; Professor of Law, Yeshiva University, and Co-Director of the Innocence Project, joins Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler in a discussion of DNA evidence and the impact of science on the criminal justice system. Series: “Conversations with History” [5/2004] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 8379]

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2 The Divide: New show based on career of O.J. Simpson’s attorney, Barry Scheck

Gepubliceerd op 15 jul. 2014

After working on the O.J. Simpson trial, Barry Scheck made headlines working on the Innocence Project. His real life legal battles have inspired a television drama called “The Divide.” He and executive producer and co-creator Tony Goldwyn join the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts.

3 Eye To Eye: Barry Scheck (CBS News)



Gepubliceerd op 24 apr. 2007

For nearly 20 years, Barry Scheck has been using DNA evidence to help exonerate the wrongfully accused. He talks with Bryon Pitts about his work. (

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4 Innocence Project

9 jul. 2009

The Innocence Project uses DNA evidence to help exonerate wrongfully convicted people. In this interview, co-founder Barry Scheck talks about his work and reforms needed in the justice system to help prevent wrongful convictions.

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5 Barry Scheck & Kevin Richardson: “Innocence Project” | Talks at Google

4 okt. 2017

Co-Founder Barry Scheck speaks about The Innocence Project with Kevin Richardson, one of the men wrongly convicted in the Central Park Five case.

The Innocence Project, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, was founded by acclaimed lawyers Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld who realized that the emerging DNA evidence that was being used to identify the perpetrators of crimes could also be used to exonerate those who had been wrongly convicted. The organization began as a legal clinic at Cardozo Law School and became an independent nonprofit (still affiliated with Cardozo) in 2004. Since its founding, 351 people have been exonerated by DNA evidence of crimes for which they didn’t commit. The Innocence Project has helped in more than half of these cases.

The Innocence Project understood early on that each wrongful conviction was a learning opportunity, exposing flaws in the system that contributed to these terrible injustices. It advocates for science- and research-based reforms to prevent wrongful convictions. The organization has worked to pass more than a hundred state laws designed to reveal and protect against wrongful convictions, including laws that protect against eye witness misidentifications and false confessions, leading contributors to wrongful convictions.

Co-Founder Barry Scheck will talk about his groundbreaking work to disrupt the status quo of the criminal justice system and introduce you to a person helped by the Innocence Project who will share his story of perseverance on the long road to justice.

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6 How the Innocence Project Decides to Take a Case

14 jun. 2011

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7 Barry Scheck Speaks On The Netflix Series, “The Innocent Man”

15 jan. 2019

Founder of The Innocence Project, attorney Barry Scheck, join BUILD to discuss “The Innocent Man.” The series focuses on two murders and four wrongful convictions in the 80’s in Ada, Oklahoma – highlighting the miscarriages of justice in this small town – a tragedy that still permeates the town. From coerced confessions and mishandling of evidence to crime scene snafus and false eyewitness accounts, the series exposes how bias – conscious and unconscious – can change the course of the lives of both the victims and the accused.
BUILD is a live interview series like no other—a chance for fans to sit inches away from some of today’s biggest names in entertainment, tech, fashion and business as they share the stories behind their projects and passions. Every conversation yields insights, inspiration and plenty of surprises as moderators and audience members ask questions. It all happens several times a day live and live-streamed on

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8 Evening With Michael Morton and Barry Scheck

1 okt. 2014

Michael Morton, author of “Getting Life,” and Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, share Morton’s remarkable story of tragedy, injustice, and forgiveness with Friends members at the LBJ Presidential Library on September 30, 2014. Morton was exonerated on October 4, 2011 after spending nearly 25 years in a Williamson County prison after being wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife.

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9 Innocence Project Co-Director Comments On Developments In O.J. Simpson Case

23 mrt. 2016

Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project and former member O.J. Simpson’s defense team, reacts to the latest news that a knife was found at Simpson’s property a few years after the murder of his wife and her friend, but only recently turned over to the police.
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10 Overturning 258 Wrongful Convictions (And Counting)

14 jun. 2011

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11 Barry Scheck co-founder of The Innocence Project: Talks at GS

27 feb. 2014

Barry Scheck is the co-founder of The Innocence Project, which helps exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals in the US through DNA testing.

12 The Death Penalty Debate

14 aug. 2012

Did you know that the costs of continuing the death penalty in California could cost the state a billion dollars over the next 5 years? Watch this video to see Innocence Project Director Barry Scheck dissect the costs and arguments against capital punishment.

13 The Death Penalty Debate

31 jan. 2019

Prof. Robert Blecker and Prof. Stephen Greenwald from either side of the death penalty debate presenting their arguments. This video was produced for Lesson 2 of Crime and Consequence, a course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute.

14 “The Innocence Project: Reflections on Wrongful Imprisonment”

27 mrt. 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 “The Innocence Project: Reflections on Wrongful Imprisonment” Guest Speakers: Mr. Fernando Bermudez and Olga Akselrod, Innocence Project Staff Attorney Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” tells the story of Tom Robinson, a man convicted of a crime he did not commit. Although Lee’s story takes place in the deep south in the 1930s, wrongful imprisonment continues today all over the world. Join us as Mr. Fernando Bermudez tells us how he was wrongly convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison. Also joining us will be Olga Akselrod, staff attorney at the Innocence Project, a national litigation public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. 1:10 pm to 3:00 pm M136
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15 Charlie Rose – Barry Scheck & Peter Neufeld about the O.J. Simpson Trial

11 apr. 2015

An interview with Barry Scheck & Peter Neufeld about the O.J. Simpson Trial. (November 1, 1996)

16 Conversations with History: Peter Neufeld

8 feb. 2008

(Visit: Leading criminal attorney Peter Neufeld joins host Harry Kreisler to discuss the criminal justice system in America and his new book, Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted. Series: “Conversations with History” [3/2003] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 7063]

17 The True Story Behind “Conviction”

16 nov. 2010

When Kenny Waters was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, his sister Betty Anne Waters promised to help overturn his conviction and set him free. She put herself through college and law school and worked with the Innocence Project to obtain the DNA tests that finally proved Kenny’s innocence. Their story is the subject of the film “Conviction.” Learn more about the movie and the work of the Innocence Project at

18 IL Innocence Project wins release of Decatur man

24 nov. 2016

A Decatur man walked free from the Macon County Courthouse on November 23, 2016, thanks to the efforts of the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Newly discovered DNA evidence proves that Charles Palmer did not commit the 1998 murder of William Helmbacher.

19 California Innocence Project – Release of Timothy Atkins

23 jul. 2010

Channel 10’s coverage of the release of Timothy Atkins in 2007. Atkins spent 23 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. To find out more, please visit our website at

20 John Grisham discusses “The Innocent Man”

21 mei 2008

Author John Grisham discusses his book “The Innocent Man” at the Innocence Project’s Annual Benefit. The video opens with Exoneree Dennis Fritz dancing with the mother of the murder victim in the case for which he was wrongfully convicted. Music by Jonathan Batiste.


21 Igniting Change: Lessons from the Innocence Movement | Lara Zarowsky | TEDxUofW

21 jun. 2016

Lara Zarowsky discusses how false convictions arise and their considerable negative impact. She also speaks on her personal work with the Innocence Project Northwest and how to create policy change in criminal justice.
Lara Zarowsky serves as the Policy Director for Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), a clinical law program at the University of Washington School of Law committed to freeing innocent prisoners in Washington State. Her work promotes systemic reforms to prevent wrongful convictions in Washington State, and to support the wrongly convicted following release. Lara is a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law, where she founded IPNW’s Legislative Advocacy Clinic. A graduate of the Evergreen State College and University of Washington School of Law, Lara has held previous positions as a policy attorney for the Integrity of Justice Project, and as non-partisan staff to the Judiciary and Public Safety committees of the Washington State House of Representatives. Lara lectures nationally on innocence-related public policy reform and leads IPNW efforts to improve statewide practices.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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22 Presumed Innocent: The Myth, The Mantra and Messiah | Deirdre Enright | TEDxCharlottesville

17 dec. 2015

Deirdre Enright is a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and the Director of Investigations at UVA’s Innocence Project. She takes us through the details of the arrest and questionable conviction of Messiah Johnson for armed robbery in 2000 who is still in prison.
Deirdre’s examination of this case reveals the flaws in our legal justice system and challenges the assumption of the term “and justice for all”. Deirdre Enright is director of investigation for the Law School’s Innocence Project Clinic. Enright previously worked at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital litigation, with primary focus on federal and state post-conviction proceedings and Supreme Court certiorari review. After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1992, Enright worked as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center. 
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

23 Why Innocent People Plead Guilty | Adnan Sultan | TEDxFurmanU

18 mrt. 2018

The United States’ criminal justice system can be complicated. In this talk, Adnan Sultan, staff attorney for the Innocence Project, breaks down the complicated legal system and why innocent people plead guilty.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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24 John Grisham on The Innocent Man

Gepubliceerd op 4 jan. 2007

Watch a video interview with beloved crime writer John Grisham, author of bestsellers like The Firm and The Pelican Brief. Grisham appeared before our camera to discuss his first non-fiction book, The Innocent Man.

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25 John Grisham talks new Netflix docuseries “The Innocent Man”

Gepubliceerd op 8 dec. 2018

In the literary world, the names don’t get much bigger than John Grisham. The bestselling author is responsible for writing some of the most popular legal thrillers of the past 30 years including “A Time To Kill,” “The Firm,” and “The Pelican Brief.” In 2006, he wrote his first nonfiction book, “The Innocent Man,” about the murders of two women, the four men who were convicted and the questions raised over their guilt. Now, Netflix has turned the book into a six-part docuseries of the same name. Grisham joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss what caught his eye about this particular case and why he’s drawn to stories about wrongful conviction.

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26 The Innocence Project

16 dec. 2014

Jonathan Barr. Marvin Anderson. Randy Mills. Benny Starks. Four men represented by the Innocence Project and exonerated by DNA evidence tell their uplifting stories about freedom from wrongful conviction.

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27 Wrongful Convictions Special Part 2 of 6

Gepubliceerd op 11 okt. 2010

Part 2 follows Frank Sterlings 18 years behind bars as an innocent man. New York has a disproportionate number of exposed wrongful convictions; more than 10 percent nationwide. Why are so many people getting wrongfully convicted and what’s being done about it? Legal Analyst Stone Grissom examines the issue of exonerations through the eyes of those who lived through it. Decades lost; families destroyed and a historic meeting as three exonerees meet for the very first time.

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28 Saul Kassin: “False Confessions”

Gepubliceerd op 7 sep. 2010

Saul Kassin discusses the remarkable phenomenon of false confessions in criminal investigations—which are far more common than one might expect. His research examines voluntary false confessions, as well as the influence of the interrogation setting, and the authority of the confession in the criminal justice system.

Professor Kassin is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

This interview is part of Vera’s Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series. For more information, please visit:…

The Vera Institute of Justice is an independent, nonprofit research and policy organization that combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

For more information about the Vera Institute of Justice, please visit:

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29 Wrongly convicted man set free

Gepubliceerd op 25 jun. 2013

Uriah Courtney could not hold back the tears. After spending eight years in state prison for something he did not do, he was a free man.

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30 VIDEO: Innocence Project

Gepubliceerd op 21 mrt. 2017

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31 The Innocence Project

Gepubliceerd op 16 dec. 2014

Jonathan Barr. Marvin Anderson. Randy Mills. Benny Starks. Four men represented by the Innocence Project and exonerated by DNA evidence tell their uplifting stories about freedom from wrongful conviction.

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32 Innocence Project

13 mei 2016

Two Tulsa men sentenced for life in prison for murder have been exonerated and are now free after spending more than 20 years in prison. The Oklahoma Innocence Project worked for five years to prove Malcom Scott and Demarco Carpenter innocent. The project received the case from private investigator Eric Cullen who believed in the men’s innocence. This story aired on the ONR on OETA-The Oklahoma Network. For more information, go to the ONR web site For more about OETA-The Oklahoma Network, visit

33 Northern California Innocence Project-Maurice Caldwell’s Story: Wrongfully Incarcerated for 20 years

Gepubliceerd op 26 mrt. 2012

On March 28, 2011, after more than 20 years in prison, Mr. Caldwell was released from San Francisco County Jail after San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charles Haines ordered him freed. Haines set aside Mr. Caldwell’s conviction December 2010, after NCIP lawyers demonstrated evidence of actual innocence and that Mr. Caldwell’s defense attorney at trial was incompetent. San Francisco County prosecutors subsequently decided to dismiss the charges against Mr. Caldwell. Read more on Maurice’s story here:

34 It Could Happen to Anyone: The Wrongful Conviction of Alan Beaman

Gepubliceerd op 15 nov. 2009

On January 29, 2009, Alan Beaman, a client of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, was exonerated after spending almost 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Music by Kelly Beaman Video by John Maki

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35 Case analyst Edwin Grimsley on a decade at the Innocence Project

Gepubliceerd op 11 aug. 2016


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36 Innocence Project

9 jul. 2009

The Innocence Project uses DNA evidence to help exonerate wrongfully convicted people. In this interview, co-founder Barry Scheck talks about his work and reforms needed in the justice system to help prevent wrongful convictions.
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37 – 2013 Double Helix Medal Recipients – Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld for the Innocence Project

Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld were awarded the Double Helix Medal for their work incorporating Science and Criminal Justice to form the Innocence Project. The Innocence Project is responsible for helping prisoners wrongly accused of a crime be set free.

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38 China Town, Chinese Rules Prank

17 apr. 2015


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