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Pa. Innocence Project is hiring a new investigator

Our current investigator, Zach Stern, has decided to attend law school in the fall. While we will miss him, we are looking to fill this necessary position this fall.  If […]

Are you an attorney who wants to work to free innocent people? We’re hiring a Staff Attorney.

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is hiring a Staff Attorney. The staff attorney will have an independent caseload of cases in litigation throughout Pennsylvania, assist in investigating innocence claims, supervise and […]

Veteran journalist and innocence fighter Bill Moushey launches podcast!

One of our most tenacious state journalists, Bill Moushey, has launched a podcast – Win At All Costs. Here, Bill will talk about some of the many cases he has […]

FREE!! All charges withdrawn against Dontia Patterson – 11 years, 20 days after his wrongful arrest

MAY 15, 2018:  Today, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office moved to withdraw all charges against Dontia Patterson – after he served over a decade in prison for a crime he […]

Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s Statement on Receiving Hero of Justice Award from PA Innocence Project

Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s Statement on Receiving Hero of Justice Award from PA Innocence Project On Wednesday, May 9th, I was presented the Hero of Justice Award from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  […]

Does Philadelphia Harbor a “Cluster of Wrongful Convictions”?

There is, by now, no question that innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, approximately 23% of people convicted of murders […]

Pa. Senate Passes Greenleaf Conviction Integrity Bills Extending Time Limit for Post-Conviction Relief and Expanding DNA Testing

On Tuesday, April 17th, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted to pass two bill sponsored by Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, 12) to make landmark improvements to Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act […]

Board member featured on ‘New Yorker Radio Hour’ to discuss exoneration case

A recent episode of the the podcast, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” examines the case of an exoneree named John Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted of two crimes he didn’t […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]