California Innocence Project

How to Submit a Case

Submitting a Claim of Innocence:

CIP provides pro bono (free of charge) legal assistance to inmates who maintain their factual innocence in the participation of the crime(s) for which they were convicted.  In such cases, new, strong evidence of innocence must exist.  CIP does not limit our review process to DNA cases.

CIP only accepts cases where the conviction occurred in the following Southern California counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.  

CIP will review a case post-conviction and post-sentencing. CIP will not provide legal assistance during the time of pre-trial or trial.

In order to submit a case to CIP for consideration, the inmate must complete and sign our Case Screening Questionnaire.  The questionnaire requests specific supporting documents that must also be submitted before the review process can begin.  DO NOT submit any transcripts unless a CIP representative speaks to you and requests them.  It is highly recommended to submit only photocopies of legal documents due to the fact that CIP is not responsible for the loss of returned mail.

Completed questionnaires and supporting documents can be mailed to CIP at 225 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101.  With pre-authorization from a CIP representative, documents can be hand delivered to the security desk at 350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA 92101, Attn: CIP.

            


   

 

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