This week we raised money for The Innocence Project, who "exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.” Our total of $1500 was matched by Google, bringing us to a total of $3000!
More about The Innocence Project from Wikipedia:
"The Innocence Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal organization that is committed to exonerating individuals who it claims have been wrongly convicted through the use of DNA testing and to reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The group cites various studies estimating that in the United States, between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners are innocent.
As of November 17, 2019, the Innocence Project has worked on 189 successful DNA-based exonerations.
The Innocence Project focuses on cases in which DNA evidence is available to be tested or retested. DNA testing is possible in 10% of criminal cases. Other members of the Innocence Network also help to exonerate those in whose cases DNA testing is not possible.
In addition to working on behalf of those who may have been wrongfully convicted of crimes throughout the United States, those working for the Innocence Project perform research and advocacy related to the causes of wrongful convictions.
Some of the Innocence Project's successes have resulted in releasing people from death row. The successes of the project have fueled American opposition to the death penalty and have likely been a factor in the decision by some American states to institute moratoria on criminal executions."
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