Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $600,000)
The California Innocence Project Foundation (CIPF) seeks funding to support its efforts to free the wrongfully convicted from California’s prisons. CIPF will use the funding to review, investigate, and litigate claims of wrongful conviction from prisoners convicted in all southern California counties, including: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. CIPF anticipates identifying and litigating cases and exonerating those they find to be innocent. CIPF will work with Conviction Integrity Units (where available) to streamline efforts to free the innocent, and, where appropriate, identifying the true perpetrator(s).
The intended beneficiaries of this project will be the wrongfully convicted as well as the general public and law enforcement. The integrity of the criminal legal system is dependent on the system identifying the correct perpetrator. This project would uphold the rule of law and seek to correct mistakes made by the system.