Resources: Legal Resources

PARC corresponds with and mails a directory of these resources to prisoners, their friends and family members. We are often the first point of contact for people to connect with prisoners' rights organizations, community organizations, prison literature and arts projects, family and visiting resources, health care and legal resources, parole and pre-release resources, and the prison abolition movement.

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Resource Category
Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent

Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent is dedicated to the exoneration of the wrongfully convicted. If after a thorough investigation of a case, a true claim of innocence is provable, clinic students will help draft a habeas petition so that the case can be litigated in court. The Project is only able to represent inmates from the state of California who claim factual innocence, have exhausted all their appeals, and are no longer represented by an attorney. Serves  California only.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Loyola Project for the Innocent

The Project assists those who are currently incarcerated in California state prison, had convictions in Central and Southern California, have exhausted all appeals, are indigent, and are not currently represented by counsel. Prisoner's claiming innocence should send a letter containing the date and county of conviction, charges prisoner was convicted of and sentence received, trial court case number and attorney's name, and if case was appealed, date of appeal, appellate attorney name, and appellate case number. Also provide dates of any petitions for writ of habeas corpus filed, and the details of the claim of innocence, including what went wrong at trial, what investigation needs to be done to show innocence, what evidence may exist to prove innocence. The Project receives hundreds of letters each year. It may take weeks or months for them to respond, but they do open and respond to each letter.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
McKinney Wrongful Conviction Clinic

Students represent indigent clients seeking relief from wrongful Indiana convictions in state post-conviction and/or federal habeas corpus proceedings. State cases are accepted in cooperation with the Office of the State Public Defender. Accepts cases of actual innocence; DNA and Non-DNA Cases; will consider arson, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and child abuse cases. Serves Indiana only.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Medill Justice Project

The Medill Justice Project investigates potentially wrongful murder convictions. To be considered, a case must meet all of the following criteria: The crime must have taken place in the United States; the charges must include murder; the case must have been heard by the state appellate court and the conviction must have been affirmed; and the prisoner must be claiming actual innocence.

Nationwide Organizations and Resources, Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Michigan Innocence Clinic

Accepts cases of actual innocence in Michigan; non-DNA cases only; no sentence requirements. The prisoner must not be currently represented by counsel and the crime and conviction must have occurred in Michigan. Serves Michigan only.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project provides pro bono investigative and legal assistance to prisoners convicted in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who are actually innocent and whose innocence can be proven by DNA testing or by other newly discovered evidence. The prisoner must not be currently represented by another attorney in his or her criminal case, or have the right to appointed counsel in the case. Write for questionnaire. District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia only.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Midwest Innocence Project

Accepts cases of actual innocence in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE; applicant must have more than 10 years left to serve on their sentence; cannot be currently represented by another attorney; must have exhausted all appeals. Also reviews death penalty cases. Serves inmates in AR, IA, KS, MO, and NE only.



Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Mississippi Innocence Project

The Project currently accepts applications for legal representation from prisoners convicted in Mississippi who believe that they may have a claim of actual innocence.  The Project only reviews cases from central and north Mississippi counties-excluding 30 south Mississippi counties served by the Innocence Project New Orleans (see LOUISIANA listing). The Project only accepts application requests directly from prisoners and only by mail.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
Montana Innocence Project

Accepts DNA and non-DNA cases. Prisoners must have been convicted of a felony crime in a Montana state or federal court; must have completed trial, sentencing and direct appeals; must not currently be represented by an attorney. Priority is given to cases where convincing and corroborating evidence can establish actual innocence. Serves Montana only.

Legal Resources, Innocence Projects
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Is a non-profit law firm which deals only with cases of obvious race discrimination and affecting broad classes of people. They also handle a small number of capital defense and life without parole cases. May not respond to individual letters.

Legal Resources