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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 […]

Han Tak Lee’s Quarter Century Ordeal May Finally Be Over!

On August 19, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals turned away the Monroe County District Attorney’s request to reinstate charges against Han Tak Lee. In 1990, Mr. Lee was convicted of […]

Lewis James Fogle Walks Free – 34 Years After His Wrongful Conviction!

On a beautiful sunny day Pennsylvania Innocence Project client Lewis James Fogle (whose family calls him Jim) walked out of SCI Pine Grove near Indiana, Pennsylvania, after serving more than […]

We’ve added a new staff attorney! Meet T.C. Tanski.

T.C. joined the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in August of 2015, increasing the Project’s legal staff to three full-time attorneys. T.C. graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2009 and received his J.D. […]

We’ve Moved!! Our new home is 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

As of July 6, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has a new home! Thanks to the tremendous support of Temple University Beasley School of Law, we have a bigger office space […]

Oh, what a night: Pa IP’s Annual Celebration of Justice – May 12, 2015

We had a truly memorable evening on May 12 for our annual event. It was tremendously rewarding to see so many people out to support our work and the heroes […]

Pa. Innocence Project to Receive Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia Cecil B. Moore Award

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is humbled and honored to have been chosen as this year’s Cecil B. Moore Award from the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia. The Barristers’ Association helps address the […]

ABC27: Attorney: Man freed in ’79 murder, arson that wasn’t

A central Pennsylvania man who spent nearly 36 years in prison for the murder of his 16-year-old son has been freed from prison, according to his attorney. James Hugney Sr., […]

Just a Shout Out to Temple University Beasley School of Law – Thank You!

Since our electricity is temporarily out (due to City construction), seemed like a good time to say a belated “thank you” to our partner, Temple University Beasley School of Law. […]

FOX23: Man serves 24 years in Pennsylvania prison for crime he didn’t commit

A former New York businessman walked out of a Pennsylvania prison today as a free man after spending 24 years of his life behind bars. 79-year-old Han Tak Lee was […]

Han Tak Lee is Headed Home – 24 Years After Being Convicted Although No Crime Occurred!

On Friday August 22, 2014, Han Tak Lee will breathe the air of freedom for the first time in 24 years. In 1989, Mr. Lee’s daughter died in a tragic […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: No retrial for pair in ’95 robbery-murder

Two men freed after serving 15 years of their life sentences for the 1995 robbery-murder of a North Philadelphia businessman will not be retried, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced […]

WHYY: Philly DA, Pennsylvania Innocence Project seek justice through improved conviction review

In March 2012, when Eric Locke heard he was wanted in connection with the murder of Joel Blumer — a crime he did not commit — he went into a […] Tony Goldwyn fetes the Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Tony Goldwyn, who you may not better as President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s totally-addictive “Scandal,” is a big supporter of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, an organization that works to free […]