Submitting a case to the Hawaii Innocence Project (HIP) is a crucial step in the process of exonerating those wrongfully convicted. The non-profit legal clinic accepts applications from anyone who has been convicted of a crime that occurred in Hawaii and who is in fact innocent of that crime. The trial has been completed, an appeal has been filed, and the person is serving their sentence. Once your application is received, a legal intern will be assigned for review.
HIP strives to review requests as quickly and thoroughly as possible, however due to the high volume of requests received, it may take several months for you to receive a response. If the case meets the requirements and describes a reasonable possibility of actual innocence, HIP will contact you to gather more information and continue the review process. The Innocence Project works to exonerate people wrongfully convicted through DNA testing and to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. In collaboration with the Iowa State Public Defender Wrongful Convictions Division, if you write to both organizations, expect a single response from the Midwest Innocence Project.
The Defense and Research Organization considers cases of factual innocence mainly in cases of murder and rape that carry sentences of life imprisonment or death, but other cases of factual innocence can also be considered. The Korey Wise Innocence Project (FKWiP) will not accept cases where the defendant already has an attorney or is entitled to one funded by the State. The Project is currently accepting requests for legal representation from convicted Mississippi prisoners who believe they can plead their real innocence. The CPCS Innocence Program aims to identify and process new trial requests on behalf of indigent defendants from the state of Massachusetts who are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been found guilty.
By entering your phone number, you agree to receive regular text messages from the Innocence Project. The CWCY is the only innocence project in the country that focuses exclusively on people who were convicted or charged with crimes as teenagers or minors. Submitting a case to HIP is an important step in exonerating those wrongfully convicted. HIP works hard to review applications as quickly and thoroughly as possible, however due to the high volume of requests received, it may take several months for you to receive a response.
If your case meets all requirements and describes a reasonable possibility of actual innocence, HIP will contact you to gather more information and continue the review process.