NEIP was founded in 2000 with the goal of identifying and exonerating wrongly convicted individuals through the use of DNA evidence. In 2009 the mission was expanded. NEIP will now consider cases in which other scientific testing or investigative leads could establish a strong likelihood that an individual is factually innocent.
Many innocence projects around the country – and increasingly the world – are affiliated with law schools. NEIP, however is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity. Our location in Boston affords us the unique opportunity to work with professors and students from the six Boston law schools, as well as with law schools throughout New England. Additionally, in the summer months, NEIP has a full-time legal internship program which has drawn students from many states outside of New England as well as several foreign countries.
NEIP consists of a small staff of attorneys, paralegals, administrative professionals, and volunteer law students who work in conjunction with a dedicated network of criminal defense attorneys, experts, and scholars.
The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is a member of the international Innocence Network of innocence projects. Each of these projects was modeled after the Innocence Project, which was founded by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld at the Cardozo School of Law in New York in 1992.