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The Innocence Project of Texas is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions and securing freedom for men and women wrongfully imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit. Our organization, which is comprised of devoted volunteers, students and experienced legal advocates, constantly strives to provide hope and reconciliation for those lost in a broken criminal justice system. We also seek to educate students, citizens and public officials on why wrongful convictions occur and how they can be prevented. By working together with the common goal of aiding those who have lost their freedom to wrongful convictions, we ultimately assist in seeing that true justice is served.
On average, IPOT receives more than 150 letters each week from individuals requesting our assistance on innocence cases. We currently have more than 1500 cases in line for investigation.
In order to give each case in our queue the attention it deserves and to spread the word about wrongful convictions, we utilize the power of volunteer members, who donate their time to help out those suffering behind bars for crimes they did not commit. While many of these members are law students, lawyers, private investigators, and paralegals, others are ordinary citizens who are committed to improving Texas's criminal justice system. These members work under the supervision of the organization's Board of Directors and leadership, and they put in thousands of volunteer hours each year.
Texas leads the U.S. in executions, but also leads in the number of DNA-based exonerations.
The Innocence Project of Texas was among the victims of Bernard Madoff's notorious Ponzi scheme, which wiped out IPOT's primary sources of income.