Crime, Legal Related

INNOCENCE MATTERS

  • Torrance, CA
  • http://www.innocencematters.org

Mission Statement

We believe the innocent should not be incarcerated. Justice can only be served by a genuine search for the truth, and wrongful convictions only occur when there is a failure to discover, follow and honor the truth. Innocence Matters protects the innocent and prevents wrongful convictions by identifying and rectifying systemic practices that impede our search for truth. Because the disenfranchised are particularly vulnerable to systemic indifference, our work is focused on developing education, prevention and reform measures that will protect those most at risk and that will encourage the legal community to more quickly acknowledge and correct errors.

Main Programs

  1. Ganging Up on Innocence
  2. Investigating Innocence Courses

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service areas

National

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ruling year

2010

chief executive for fy 2010

Ms. Deirdre O'Connor

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Keywords

Innocence, "Wrongful Conviction", Truth, Prevention, Justice

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EIN

27-0840481

Physical Address

21151 S. Western Ave.

Torrance, CA 90505

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Legal Services (I80)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

In our first three years of operation, we secured the exoneration of two innocent people who had been rejected by every other existing innocence organization and who were doomed to die in prison for crimes they did not commit. We are on the verge of securing freedom for our third “lifer” client. Cumulatively, these clients have served over 53 years for crimes they did not commit.

In each instance, many lawyers and investigators over the years repeatedly failed to discover evidence of innocence that was often hiding in plain sight. We are using the insights from these cases to develop a series of online courses for future and practicing lawyers and investigators that will teach them how to effectively investigate innocence.

Programs

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Program 1

Ganging Up on Innocence

We represent innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted in Los Angeles County who have not been able to get the attention of existing innocence organizations. We re-investigate the claims of innocence, and once we are convinced, we bring the case to the prosecutor's attention and work closely with them to secure our clients' exoneration.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Crime/Abuse Victims

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program 2

Investigating Innocence Courses

In 2015, we are launching Investigating Innocence, a series of online courses that will teach future and current lawyers and investigators how to properly investigate claims of innocence.

Category

Crime & Legal, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Crime/Abuse Victims

service areas

National

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Blog

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Social Media

@InnocenceMatters

@InnocenceMatter

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@innocence-matters

@InnocenceMatters

Funding Needs

We need $100,000 for the I Am Innocent preventative program.  We need an additional $75,000 in general support.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Deirdre O'Connor

BIO

The Executive Director is an experience and successful criminal defense trial lawyer who has devoted the past 20 years protecting the rights of indigent criminal defendants.  She also has prior experience as a law school clinician where she supervised 6-8 third-year law students as they investigated and tried their first criminal case.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Paul L Hoffman

Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP

Term: Jan 2015 -

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