Q: How do I ask for help?
A: The Pennsylvania Innocence Project provides pro bono investigative and legal assistance to prisoners convicted in Pennsylvania who are actually innocent and whose innocence can be proven by DNA testing or by other newly discovered evidence.
Our criteria for selecting cases include jurisdiction, actual innocence, and no other council. We only take cases from those convicted in Pennsylvania state or federal court, who have had no role in the incident that led to the conviction, and individuals not currently represented by another attorney in his or her criminal case, or have the right to appointed counsel. We do not begin a review where there is a right to counsel, such as on the direct appeal or the first Post Conviction Relief Act Petition.
For more information on cases we do and do not take and for our full reviewing process, visit our page. If the case meet that criteria, we require a short letter from the convicted individual, not a family member or friend, explaining the following:
- What you were convicted of
- What the witnesses say happened
- Whether there was a trial or the you pled guilty/no contest (accepting plea deals is included in this)
- Where you are in your appeals process
Please send your letter to the address below:
Pennsylvania Innocence Project
At Temple University Beasley School of Law
1515 Market Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Office telephone: 215-204-4255