Identify, Investigate, and Advance

The Center oversees Innocence Projects® at North Carolina law schools and provides legal services to indigent, unrepresented North Carolina inmates claiming factual innocence. Each year, the Center coordinates the review and investigation of cases by law student volunteers, allowing the students to:
  • Work on real cases
  • Learn from the past work of other attorneys
  • Develop organizational, analytical, professional, and ethical skills
  • Appreciate the value of providing pro bono services
Credible claims that are supported by new and reliable evidence of innocence are pursued through collaboration with prosecution or litigation.
The Center not only reviews all inmate claims sent to North Carolina law school Innocence Projects® but also receives claims forwarded from legislators, journalists, defense attorneys, and others involved in the criminal justice system. Each inmate receives a response. If an inmate's claim warrants further review, but is not consistent with the Center’s mission, the Center refers him or her to the appropriate agency or resource.
Over 600 inmates submit innocence claims to the Center each year. Racial and ethnic minorities make up over two-thirds of applicants, and all applicants are indigent and unrepresented. Although wrongful conviction affects the impoverished and/or people of color more frequently than others, no one is exempt.*
*The Center staff screens inmate questionnaires without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.


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