The Idaho Innocence Project’s mission is to identify, investigate and pursue claims of wrongful conviction and actual innocence made by Idaho inmates. The IIP is committed to helping free those men and women who are suffering false imprisonment. Working with key stakeholders to advance criminal justice reforms, the Project continually seeks to educate policymakers, law enforcement officials and the greater public about the reality of wrongful convictions.
Idaho Innocence Project Sponsors Eyewitness Identification Best Practices Seminar
On November 13, the IIP sponsored an eyewitness identification seminar for local law enforcement agencies. Speakers were Rebecca Brown from the national Innocence Project, Chief William Brooks from the Norwood, MA Police Department, Professor Jennifer Dysart from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Rick Visser, formerly of the Idaho Innocence Project. The two-hour seminar was very well received, and the IIP thanks all who attended and participated. The seminar’s goal was to advocate best practices in Idaho in eyewitness identification. 75% of the 301 wrongfully convicted cases in America involved misidentification.
What makes us unique
We are the only Innocence Project that is directed by a forensic genetics expert (Dr. Greg Hampikian). Part of our unique mission is assisting other projects across the United States and abroad on DNA issues. Since 2005, Dr. Hampikian has founded Innocence Projects on several continents and established the International Innocence program which reviews DNA cases outside the United States.
Why we are here
It is impossible to imagine the terror of being accused, tried and convicted of a crime that you did not commit. Yet the Innocence Projects across the country have secured the freedom of more than 290 innocent men and women who suffered the nightmare of false imprisonment. The Idaho Innocence Project at Boise State University offers free investigative help to the wrongfully convicted. Our staff and volunteers work with local lawyers, University of Idaho law interns, and Boise State University students to investigate claims of actual innocence. The Idaho Innocence Project team includes forensic experts in DNA, Polygraphs, Latent Prints and Physical Anthropology (bones).
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