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The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it is launching a new study of certain types of DNA analysis used in criminal prosecutions. These methods, “if misapplied, could lead to innocent people being wrongly convicted,” according to the institute’s statement.

An innocent man was convicted and imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit because an expert witness testified that his hair "matched" hair found at the crime scene. DNA testing later proved that hair came from a dog - not a human. Watch the segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to learn more about bad forensic science.

IPNW Executive Director, Anna Tolin, and the Exoneree Band appeared on New Day NW to raise awareness of wrongful convictions and play Only Freedom Matters.

We're proud to see IPNW's efforts to pass bills in Washington State addressing these issues highlighted in a great piece on incentivized witnesses by Alexandra Natapoff.

Consider this: Alan Newton served more than 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit before DNA analysis proved him innocent and he was exonerated. Now, had this occurred in Alabama, he would have received $50,000 for every year of wrongful imprisonment. Instead, Newton was convicted in the state of New York, where exonerees receive nothing, and are instead forced to sue the government for compensation.

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project eventually helped Johnson with his case, as did David Benowitz, an attorney with Price Benowitz LLP, who worked ...

You can help free innocent prisoners with the click of a button! Join freedom fighters around the world by pledging to take action against wrongful convictions in commemoration of International Wrongful Conviction Day. From changing your profile photo on social media, to making a gift of financial support - there are many ways that you can be a part of the innocence movement.

The take-home message is that we need to change the way police do interrogations--and do it fast.

New DNA results vindicate IPNW exoneree Ted Bradford, and reaffirm his commitment to fight for reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.

The son convicted and jailed for murder in the slaying of his mother could be exonerated, thanks to the Innocence Project Northwest at the University of Washington Law School.

As the seventh speaker at TEDxUofW, Lara Zarowsky, policy director for Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), discussed the flawed criminal justice system in which she has invested her passion for the past 17 years.

On the night of March 9, 2000, after 14 hours of interrogation over two days, 19-year-old Donovan Allen confessed to two Longview police detectives that he strangled and bludgeoned his mother, Sharon Cox, with a rifle.

Most law students go to school, hoping to some day make a change. For students involved with clinics at Innocence Project NW, they're not waiting until after graduation to free the innocent and change the criminal justice system.

Sixteen years ago, Donovan Allen was wrongly convicted of his mother’s murder. He was 18 years old at the time. Police elicited a false confession, and prosecutors presented testimonies from incentivized witnesses at his trial, where he was convicted of first-degree murder.

A Washington state man convicted of killing his mother 15 years ago walked free out of prison Wednesday after investigators said new DNA tests linked another man to the crime.

The push for a second arrest in a shocking abduction case led Seattle police to jail the wrong man — and now may bring better policies for working with witnesses and presenting photos of possible suspects.

DNA collected in any felony case charged as a violent or sex offense will now be preserved through the length of the offender's sentence, including post-prison community custody, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Wrongful Convictions by the Numbers

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