We are thrilled to announce the second anniversary of the Pittsburgh office of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. From the day we opened our Pittsburgh doors, we have been enthusiastically welcomed by the Western Pennsylvania community; a legal and academic community with strong leaders fiercely committed to the pursuit of justice.
Over the last two years, hundreds of the Pittsburgh community’s outstanding professionals, students, and residents have contributed thousands of hours of their time to the Project’s mission and the pursuit of justice. Because of this overwhelming support, in such a short time, the Western Pennsylvania Office has identified and agreed to litigate on behalf of six Western Pennsylvania individuals currently incarcerated for a crime we believe they did not commit. We are also actively reviewing another 26 innocence claims; cases which all stem from the Western Pennsylvania region.
In addition to working with this community’s dedicated professionals, the Project has also had the great honor of providing hands-on internship opportunities to 33 of the region’s best and brightest students. Although, the majority of our interns are pursuing their Juris Doctorate in hopes of one day joining the legal community, we have also had the pleasure of working with students pursing degrees in a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs such as: social work, sociology, investigative journalism, statistics, psychology, and forensic science. We welcome students and volunteers from all walks of life and educational backgrounds.
Lastly, the Project’s work within the community has been publicly appreciated and recognized. For example, in November 2017, the Allegheny County City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the Project’s important work and dedication to the betterment of the Western Pennsylvania community. Additionally, in January 2017, the Pittsburgh Office was selected as a finalist to receive the 10th annual MLK award for Organizational Leadership by Coro Pittsburgh.
We are so grateful for the overwhelming support the Western Pennsylvania community has shown us and look forward to continuing to grow and serve this community in its pursuit of equal justice for all in the years to come.