The Northern California Innocence Project was profiled by San Jose Inside. This year is NCIP’s 20th anniversary. Read the article.
Cases like (exoneree Arturo) Jimenez’s and last summer’s protests against racial injustice have inspired further backing for the NCIP’s work, with the program receiving more than $3 million in pro bono services from lawyers and investigators every year, and counting more than 130 active volunteers. Although it is not primarily a racial justice organization, the NCIP recognizes that “racial justice is inextricably intertwined in all aspects of the criminal justice system,” said (Linda) Starr.
In this vein, the NCIP takes an active role in advocating for policy reform and public education, helping push through new laws such as the recently passed California Racial Justice Act that prohibits the use of race, ethnicity and national origin in jury selection, sentencing and convictions.