The California Innocence Project

The California Innocence Project (CIP) is a law school clinic, founded in 1999 at California Western School of Law, dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students, and changing laws and policies in the state of California. CIP receives more than 2,500 requests for assistance from inmates annually. Since inception, CIP has freed 28 people from prison who have served more than 340 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. In addition, CIP has trained more than 300 students that have gone on to become judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and civil practitioners throughout the country. CIP has worked to improve the criminal justice system by testifying and providing evidence in support of 11 different pieces of legislation, including four that have been signed into law in the last few years. CIP is looking forward to the next exoneration and hopes to continue to improve the justice system while training the next wave of freedom fighters.