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Our mission is to correct and prevent wrongful convictions through research, education, and litigation. We also assist other innocence organizations with DNA investigations. Since 2005, we have helped start Innocence Projects in Ireland and France, worked with 27 Innocence organizations in the US, and established the International Innocence program that investigates DNA cases outside the United States.

April 25, 2016 Darryl Pinkins EXONERATED after 25 years by the work of Frances Watson (since 1999) and her students at University Indiana McKinney Law School Wrongful Convictions Clinic, the Idaho Innocence Project (since 2006), and TrueAllele’s Mark Perlin (since 2014).  New DNA technique used to exonerate for the first time. See CBS News

Watch Forensic DNA Mixups

TEDx Boise. x = independently organized TED event from 1/16/2015.

Amanda Knox thanks Greg Hampikian and Idaho Innocence Project at Boise State
Amanda Knox legal fight highlights fallibility of DNA forensics
BBC Radio series “Troubling flaws in Forensic Science,” Dr. Greg Hampikian a professor in the Biology and Criminal Justice Departments at Boise State University, and the Director of the Idaho Innocence Project discusses his work on the Amanda Knox case. Listen here: future/story/20150512-can-we-trust-forensic-science


March 14, 2014: Sarah Pearce Freed After 12 Years.
Pictured with her mom (left) and aunt.

Idaho Innocence Project Sponsors Eyewitness Identification Best Practices Seminar

Our Team

Front row: Rick Visser, IIP; Lisa Burger, NYIP; Dr. Jennifer Dysart, John Jay College; Rebecca Brown, NYIP; Ify Ike, NYIP.
Back row: Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney; Norwood Police Chief WIlliam Brooks; Judy Townsend, IIP; Nora Staum, IIP; Dr. Greg Hampikian, IIP

On November 13, 2012 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. TO DONATE TO THE IDAHO INNOCENCE PROJECT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

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