California Innocence Project Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

The California Innocence Project (CIP) is celebrating its 20th year of freeing the innocent! CIP was established at California Western School of Law (CWSL) in 1999 by CIP Director Justin Brooks and Co-Founder Jan Stiglitz. Shortly thereafter, they hired their first...

Jeremy Stock | CIP Spotlight

Jeremy Stock, 2017-19 Staff Fellow, shares lessons he learned during his time with the California Innocence Project (CIP). To say that it’s been a dream come true working for the California Innocence Project would be an understatement.  I was first brought on as a...

What Set Me Free: Brian Banks Shares His Truth

Imagine being on the edge of 18 with your dreams finally coming into place; the old family car is soon to be yours, you just committed to your dream school, a documentary featuring your high school football team is filming your practices, and a prosperous football...

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the Wrongfully Convicted

“Since I was freed in 2016, I’ve taken full advantage of every moment I can with my daughter and son. I feel so fortunate to be back in their lives, to be near them as much as possible, and to be able to call them when I want to just say, ‘Hi,’” CIP exoneree Kimberly...

Luis Vargas Is Suing the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles

Even if He Wins, It Won’t Be Enough to Get His Life Back   On June 25, 2019, Luis Vargas will appear before Judge Stephen Wilson in the United States District Court, Central District of California, for his lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD),...