Oregon Innocence Project

Oregon Innocence Project

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The Oregon Innocence Project (OIP) is an initiative led by the Oregon Justice Resource Center, a legal aid clinic. OIP provides pro bono (free of charge) legal assistance to people who assert factual innocence and where there is the possibility of proving innocence. The project’s mission is to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, train law students, and promote legal reforms aimed at preventing wrongful convictions. OIP works to actively track claims of innocence, investigate those claims, test DNA and other scientific evidence, and litigate where appropriate. As well as securing the release of people who have been wrongfully convicted, it provides an outstanding educational experience for students who work there. They collaborate with all stakeholders (district attorneys, the defense bar, policymakers, police, victims’ rights groups, forensic scientists, laboratory managers, and other practitioners working in the criminal justice system). Their goal is to build support for comprehensive criminal justice reform to improve eyewitness identification, interrogation practices, discovery practices, and other policies that do not serve to protect the innocent.

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