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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Exonerations and Case Work

Since NCIP’s founding in 2001, NCIP has helped win the freedom of 17 wrongfully imprisoned individuals. Learn more about NCIP’s exonerees and cases we take. Learn more about our latest exoneree George Souliotes.

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.


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NCIP’s blog

  • Los Angeles Woman Exonerated After 17 Years Behind Bars (10/28/2014) - Los Angeles county resident Susan Mellen, 59, was recently exonerated after spending 17 years in prison for a wrongful murder conviction. Based solely on the false testimony of a woman with an extensive history of giving false information to law
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  • Two Brooklyn Murder Convictions Overturned (10/20/2014) - David McCallum and the late William Stuckey, who were just 16 years old when they were wrongfully convicted of murder and kidnapping in 1986, had their convictions vacated Wednesday by a Brooklyn judge. Although initially during videotaped interviews each suspect
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  • First Federal Conviction Integrity Unit Established (10/6/2014) - U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr.’s Office in Washington, D.C. recently founded the first federal unit in the nation to review and investigate wrongful conviction cases. The Conviction Integrity Unit was established after federal prosecutors in Washington examined evidence in five
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