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Philly DA agrees to new trial for Dontia Patterson – after 11 years in prison.

It has taken 11 years from behind bars, but Dontia Patterson will get a fair chance to prove his innocence of murdering his friend, Antwine Jackson, in broad daylight on […]

Podcast news! Undisclosed, Good Law/Bad Law, and Criminal (In)Justice

If you’re a fan of podcasts, we’ve got a few for you to check out. A few months ago, David Harris interviewed Marissa for his podcast, Criminal (In)justice. They talked about wrongful convictions, how […]

John Thompson, American hero – Dies at 55

John Thompson survived 14 years on death row, serving a sentence for a crime he had nothing to do with. Upon his exoneration, he tried to hold those who tried […]

HOME!! Shaurn Thomas released after 24 years in prison.

On May 23, 2017, a jubilant Shaurn Thomas walked out of SCI-Frackville, having served 24 years of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project […]

The Partiality for Bias: Why Understanding Bias is Integral to Discussing Innocence – guest post by Jake Kind

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article titled “What I learned from Watching Netflix’s Amanda Knox.” The piece examined the relationship between the debate of Knox’s innocence and our […]

Pennsylvania Innocence Project Elects New President

On December 2, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project elected Howard Scher as its new president. Mr. Scher is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of […]

HOME For the Holidays! All Charges Withdrawn Against Donte Rollins

Yesterday, 9 years and 17 days after he was convicted of a crime he had nothing to do with, Donte Rollins walked free. In a stunning turn of events, the […]

It’s over 225 Days: Why is Donte Not Free?

We posted about the extraordinarily frustrating situation with our client, Donte Rollins, a few weeks ago. In our last post, we explained how – despite the Philadelphia District Attorney’s agreement […]

What I Learned from Watching Netflix’s Amanda Knox – by Jake Kind

By Jake Kind, Univ. of Pennsylvania, class of 2020 When Amanda Knox captured the world’s attention from a small cell in Italy, I had had no idea that wrongful convictions […]

Only in Philadelphia? Why is Donte Rollins Still in Prison?

Donte Rollins was convicted of participating in a shooting in 2006 which left a 6 year-old child paralyzed. The boy was in the backseat of his grandfather’s car when 4 men, wearing […]

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is Welcomed in Style

  The Pennsylvania Innocence Project was honored by the overwhelming turnout for the Pittsburgh launch event on September 27, marking the opening of our office and clinic at Duquesne University […]

Act4Innocents on Wrongful Conviction Day – October 4, 2016

Wrongful Conviction Day is an international day to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for […]

Tyrone Jones RELEASED After 43 Years in Prison!

For over 40 years Tyrone Jones has been in prison, convicted of setting a murder he did not commit. While Mr. Jones has yet to be exonerated of the crime, he […]

Tyrone Jones Granted Parole

On July 28, our client, Tyrone Jones, was among the first of Pennsylvania’s juvenile lifers to be granted parole. Four years ago, in Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled […]

Crystal Weimer is Finally Fully Free – 11 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

UNIONTOWN, PA: On Monday June 27, 2016, all charges against Crystal Weimer were finally dismissed with prejudice. Crystal has been home since October, 2015, when her conviction was vacated after […]

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s Annual Celebration will be Wednesday, May 11, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at WHYY Studios, 150 N. 6th Street. The celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. […]

Exonerees in Pennsylvania Are Not Compensated

Pennsylvania is one of 20 states that provide no form of compensation for those who have spent years in prison as a result of wrongful convictions. In a February 14 […]

Legal Director Marissa Bluestine on why innocent people sometimes confess to crimes they didn’t commit

As discussed in an article by Meaghan Bixby in Temple Now, the popularity of Making a Murderer has highlighted the issue of false confessions.   Included in the article is […]

Pa. Innocence Project is hiring an attorney to run our Pittsburgh office!

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to work for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project?  We are hiring an attorney to open and run our new office opening this year […]

President of the Board David Richman Honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association

At its Annual Luncheon on December 8, 2015, the Philadelphia Bar Association (“PBA”) presented its PNC Achievement Award to David Richman, the President and co-founder of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. […]

Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse

The December cover story in the American Bar Association Journal on junk fire science features two cases in which the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has been closely involved: Han Tak Lee […]

Bryan Stevenson at the 2015 Law Foundation Lecture

This year’s Law Foundation Lecture, presented by the Temple University Beasley School of Law and co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania  Innocence Project (PaIP), featured noted civil rights attorney and social justice advocate […]

Crystal Weimer to be Released After 11 Years of Wrongful Incarceration


Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law Releases Video on Invalid Fire Science and the Case of Letitia Smallwood

In the University of Pennsylvania School of Law’s Program on Documentaries & the Law students create “nonfiction advocacy films on behalf of actual clients and/or groups devoted to the advancement of […]