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NIJ FY17 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

Award Information

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Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $772,593)

The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) intends to focus on false confession and/or eyewitness misidentification cases for which DNA testing may be a plausible means to determine actual innocence. The agency has pre-screened/identified 114 cases involving (70 of these cases involve eyewitness misidentification, 26 involve false confession and 18 involve both). Initially, IIP will use funding to pursue DNA testing in identified cases. During the second stage, cases that show potential for innocence and are viable for DNA testing will be evaluated and investigated. IIP will also continue evaluating new cases as individuals request assistance.

Date Created: September 29, 2017