Northern California Innocence Project
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.
What We Do and Who We Are
Our goal is to improve the entire criminal justice system and prevent wrongful convictions from taking place at all.
We achieve this through reforming the legal system, freeing the wrongfully convicted, and helping exonerees transition into regular life.
Causes of Wrongful Conviction
There are a variety of reasons that innocent people are wrongfully convicted and go to jail. There are also a variety of ways in which the system can be fixed. Learn More
NCIP promotes innovative practices that work to create a more fair and effective criminal justice system. Learn about NCIP’s most recent symposium.
Latest NCIP News
Governor Brown Signs Three Innocence Bills Into Law
On September 28, Governor Brown signed three NCIP-backed bills which will have a significant impact on NCIP’s cases. Read more.
Judge Issues Order to Show Cause in Anaya Case
In a recently filed petition for writ of habeas corpus, NCIP attorneys presented evidence that proves NCIP client Domingo Bustos Anaya is innocent of the murder for which he was convicted nearly twenty years ago. Read more.
In the Know: Why Do Exonerations Take So Long?
Exonerations occur, on average, more than a decade after conviction. For an innocent inmate, one day wrongfully incarcerated is too long. NCIP Assistant Legal Director Maitreya Badami explains the challenges of investigating and litigating wrongful conviction cases. Read more.
NCIP Student Law Clinic
Santa Clara Law students working with NCIP gain hands-on experience, enhance their law school experience and grow their careers. Second and third year students at Santa Clara Law may apply to enroll in the NCIP course.
Help Make a Difference
Only through working together can we achieve justice for all. Learn how you can help the NCIP in its mission.
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