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The Wisconsin Innocence Project seeks to exonerate the innocent, educate students, and reform the criminal justice system by identifying and remedying the causes of wrongful convictions.
The Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP) was founded in 1998 by Professors Keith Findley and John Pray. WIP seeks to exonerate the innocent, educate students, and reform the criminal justice system by identifying and remedying the causes of wrongful convictions. Since its founding, WIP has been nationally recognized for its clinical legal educational program at the University of Wisconsin Law School. WIP was one of the earliest innocence programs in the country and has been a leader in the international Innocence Movement.
Since its founding, WIP has successfully freed twenty wrongfully convicted individuals. Although WIP focuses on cases within Wisconsin, it also offers assistance in cases around the United States. WIP accepts cases with potential DNA evidence or other types of newly discovered evidence that support a claim of actual innocence.