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How does Washington Innocence Project decide which cases to take?

To be considered for assistance, innocent people in Washington State who are wrongfully serving time in prison must meet the following criteria:

  • Be wrongfully convicted of a state or federal felony crime in Washington State.
  • No longer have a right to appointed counsel.
  • Be unable to afford counsel.
  • Have completed their direct appeals process.
  • Have a claim of actual innocence that can be proven through DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence.
  • Have no involvement in the crime whatsoever. We do not take cases where the claim is an affirmative defense, such as consensual sex, self-defense, or accidental death.