Pro Bono – ABA

Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono- State by state

1.  Centurion Ministries
www.centurionministries.org

Send a 4-page (or less) letter, outlining the facts of the case:
– What you were convicted of?
– Brief description of the crime
– Why were you arrested and taken to trial?
– What evidence was used to convict you?
– What evidence is there that point to your innocence?

Send the letter to:
Case Development Manager
Centurion Ministries, Inc.
221 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

Response guaranteed in 8-10 weeks. They accept letters from inmates only.

They accept cases nationwide.
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2. The Exoneration Project
www.exonerationproject.org

Fill the Exoneration Project questionnaire and mail it to them to Chicago:
The Exoneration Project
312 N. May St., Ste. 100
Chicago, Illinois 60607

Link to the questionnaire:

http://media.wix.com/ugd//01464e_38804709c9c29cdaec128653008e39de.pdf

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3. Center on Wrongful Convictions
www.law.northwestern.edu/cwc/

Accepts cases with:
– A Claim of Actual Innocence: it’s restricted to handling only cases of persons who assert that they were in no way involved in the crimes for which they were convicted.
– For DNA cases: A claim of innocence which is supported by testable biological evidence.
– For non-DNA cases: A Minimum of 10 Years Remaining on a Prison Sentence

Send a letter with details of the case to:
Center on Wrongful Convictions
Northwestern University School of Law
357 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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4. Innocence International
http://www.rubinthehurricanecarter.com/innocence.html

Send an email about the case to both email addresses:
rubin.carter008@sympatico.ca and kenklonsky@shaw.ca

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5. Innocence Project of Texas
www.ipoftexas.org

1511 Texas Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409

Phone: 806-744-6525
Fax: (8060 744-6480
Email: info@ipoftexas.org

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6. Texas Center for Actual Innocence
University of Texas School of Law
http://www.utexas.edu/law/clinics/innocence/tcai/

A letter must be sent by inmate only to:
Texas Center for Actual Innocence
The University of Texas School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton St.
Austin, TX 78705

– Cases are not accepted by telephone or e-mail. A written request from the inmate must be sent to the Texas Center for Actual Innocence; it cannot come from family or friends.
– At this time, TCAI is not accepting cases involving DWIs, drug offenses, or federal offenses.
– Due to limited resources, TCAI cannot accept cases from inmates on parole or probation, or offenders who have already served their sentence.
– TCAI can also only accept cases from inmates in Texas.

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7. Texas Innocence Network
University of Houston Law School

100 Law Center
Houston, TX 77204-6060
Phone: 713-743-7552
Cases Accepted:
– actual innocence
– not restricted to DNA cases

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8. Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project

http://www.houstonpbs.org/assets/reusable-content/pdfs/law-innocence-project.pdf

Contact the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project by:
– calling 713.313.1139 and asking for the Center for Criminal Justice Associate Director OR
– make a formal request for assistance by completing a TPIQ (Texas Prisoner Innocence Questionnaire) and mailing it to the:
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Innocence Project
Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Inc.
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St.
Houston, Texas 77004

Either the inmate or friends of the inmate can contact the organization.
They do not handle direct appeals of criminal convictions
They only handle claims of actual innocence typically involving DNA evidence testing, mistaken identification, or that a crime never actually occurred.
They do not challenge problems with the original trial but rather we look for new evidence to prove that the incarcerated person actually did not commit the crime.

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9. Wesleyan Innocence Project
Texas Wesleyan Univesity School of Law
http://www.law.txwes.edu/CurrentStudents/StudentOrganizations/InnocenceProject/tabid/245/Default.aspx

To submit a case for “potential” investigation, please write a letter to WIP and provide the following details:
– Full Name
– Phone Number
– Criminal Charge
– County of Prosecution
– Cause Number(s)
– Short summary of what happened
– Why the individual believes that he/she is “actually innocent.”

Mail this letter to:
Wesleyan Innocence Project
Texas Wesleyan School of Law
1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Accepts cases of “actual innocence”
Does not provide legal representation, only investigates claims of “actual innocence”
WIP is a fully student-run organization that accepts cases through their intake system.

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FOREJUSTICE

http:/forejustice.org/wc/misjustice.htm

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JUSTICE DENIED: the magazine of the wrongly convicted

http:/justicedenied.org

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ACE INVESTIGATIONS (MARTIN YANT)
http://martinyant.com

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