Independence Day Incarcerated

That day of the year has come again: The Fourth of July, also known as the United States’ Independence Day. On this day, and every other day of the year, our goal here at the California Innocence Project remains the same: Return these rights of Life, Liberty, and the...

Rethinking Rehabilitation

How might we change the way we rehabilitate knowing that the men and women will return to our own communities? Echo Yard is breaking a mentality of what prison “should” be, and instead, challenges the men to adjust to an entirely diverse environment.  July 3, 2018...

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case of Brendan Dassey

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Brendan Dassey, whose fame grew to prominence through the popular Netflix series, Making a Murderer Dassey’s lawyers defend his innocence and further contend that police coerced him into confessing to the murder of...

Wrongful Convictions and Prosecutorial Misconduct

Vicente Benavides Figueroa, 68, was released from San Quentin State Prison following a judge’s order Benavides, who had been on death row since June 1993, was freed after the state Supreme Court ruled that false medical testimony was presented at his trial. June...

California DNA Collection Law

The government is using our DNA in ways that a lot of us are unaware of With DNA testing improving over the years, law officials are using new DNA to help solve old cases.  June 18, 2018 – As DNA technology rapidly advances and its use becomes more widespread, our...