No Innocent Person Should Spend A Day In Prison

We free the innocent

Innocent people are sometimes convicted of crimes they don’t commit. It’s a tragedy that can happen to anyone. Wrongful convictions are traumatic to the innocent and their families, denying people their basic human liberties and robbing them of the best years of their lives. The victims of crime are denied true justice and public safety is not achieved when the actual perpetrator is not held accountable.

Washington Innocence Project fights for innocent people across the state who have been wrongfully convicted by representing them in the courts and advocating for policy reform. Twenty-four innocent men and women are living free because of our work. Fifteen have been exonerated and fully cleared of charges—collectively, they served more than 100 years for crimes they did not commit.

We are an independent nonprofit

Formerly known as Innocence Project Northwest, we are now Washington Innocence Project. We have transitioned from a project of the University of Washington to an independent 501(c)(3) organization. As the requests for help increase every year, this new structure gives us greater latitude to raise funds, advocate for policies that prevent wrongful convictions, and grow to serve more innocent people.

Freedom Stories

Exoneree Alan Northrop

Clark County
Alan was exonerated in July 2010 thanks to DNA evidence after serving 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
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Alan Northrop

Exoneree James Anderson

Pierce County
James was exonerated in 2009 after serving four years in prison based on a false witness identification.
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James Anderson

Exoneree Jeramie Davis

Spokane County
Jeramie was exonerated in 2013 after serving six years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit.
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Jeramie Davis

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Wrongful Convictions by
the Numbers

15

Washington Innocence Project exonerations

52

innocent people exonerated in Washington State since 1989

259

years lost to wrongful imprisonment in Washington State

38,932

average annual cost of an innocent person wrongfully incarcerated in Washington State
Learn How This Happens

The Toll of Wrongful Conviction

Watch our video and hear directly from our exonerees and freed clients on the impact wrongful convictions have had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

News

Just Mercy poster
January 10, 2020

“Just Mercy” Seattle Screening a Sold-Out Success

On Friday, January 10th Washington Innocence Project proudly partnered with Microsoft's Criminal Justice Reform Initiative…
Event Photo
June 1, 2019

King Count Bar Association Honors Washington Innocence Project

In June 2019, Washington Innocence Project was recognized with the Friend of the Legal Profession…
Lara Presenting a Ted Talk
July 23, 2016

Lara Zarowsky Presents at TEDxUofW

Executive Director Lara Zarowsky discusses how false convictions arise and their considerable negative impact. She…

Your support powers the truth

We need your help to free the innocent men and women wrongly imprisoned today, and to help stop innocent people from being wrongfully convicted in the future—so that truth prevails and justice is realized.

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