The mission of the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) is to promote a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and protect the rights of the innocent.

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Larry Pohlschneider Exonerated!

Larry Pohnschneider Exonerated! Photo: Greg Pio

About NCIP

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Exonerations and Case Work

Since NCIP’s founding in 2001, NCIP has helped win the freedom of 18 wrongfully imprisoned individuals. Learn more about NCIP’s exonerees and cases we take. Learn more about our latest exoneree Larry Pohlschneider.

Policy Reform

NCIP works to change policies and practices to prevent wrongful convictions and for broader criminal justice reform. Learn more about NCIP’s policy initiatives.

Clinical Program for Santa Clara Law Students

Law students working with NCIP gain hands-on experience, enhance their Santa Clara University School of Law experience and grow their careers. Learn more about our clinical program.


Read the latest blogs, NCIP e-news, Archived newsletters, and Press.

NCIP’s blog

  • NCIP Students Examine Witnesses in Pohlschneider Hearing (2/3/2016) - Sixteen Santa Clara University law students joined the NCIP team this fall as classmates in NCIP’s year-long clinical course. In addition to attending seminars twice-a-week, NCIP students heard from a number of guest speakers and participated in a wide variety
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  • Finding of “Actual Innocence” for Larry Pohlschneider (2/2/2016) - On November 24, 2015, Tehama County Superior Court Judge Matthew McGlynn, after a three-day evidentiary hearing, found NCIP client Larry Pohlschneider factually innocent of the child molestation charges for which he was convicted in 2001, and for which he wrongfully
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  • NCIP Launches 2016 Policy Reform Agenda (2/2/2016) - This year NCIP continues support for policies that prevent wrongful convictions, free innocent people from wrongful incarceration, and provide support and compensation for exonerees. Our prevention work focuses on eyewitness misidentification and false confessions as leading causes of wrongful conviction.
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