The online application process takes an average of 1-2 hours. It is important that you include as much detailed information as possible in your application. Prepare to sit down and fill out the application just as you would prepare to sit down with an attorney and talk about your case. You should gather all materials related to your case so that you can refer back to your paperwork as you go through the application.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an Application Identification Number (AIN) that you can use to track the status of your request.Your AIN will allow you to check on whether or not a final decision has been made in your case, but not what that decision is. Our final decision will be mailed directly to the applicant. If you do not want your application status to be traceable online, please submit your application via mail or e-mail and let us know that you'd prefer to apply without an AIN.
The EP reviews cases of innocence for people who have gone to trial and were found guilty of crimes they did not commit. We consider post-conviction cases across the nation for individuals wrongfully convicted of different types of crimes and with different sentence lengths, including cases where a defendant has served their complete sentence or plead guilty. We do not consider cases of self-defense. In order to apply for representation, your case must meet the following criteria:
Please note that contacting the Exoneration Project and submitting an application does not constitute legal representation by our organization. The Exoneration Project does not agree to represent any applicants until an attorney has contacted the applicant and set up a formal retainer agreement.