The National Registry of Exonerations estimates that there are between 3,000-9,000 individuals in Texas serving sentences due to wrongful convictions. Innocence Project of Texas works to achieve the release and exoneration of wrongfully convicted Texans by providing first-rate legal counsel and investigative services at no cost.

Our legal team of staff attorneys, law clinic students, and volunteer attorneys provide representation and critical assistance in the exoneration process. However, the path to exoneration is both long and expensive. Though Innocence Project of Texas has contributed to the release of 27 wrongfully convicted Texans, successful results are difficult to arrive at and challenging to replicate.

  • 14

    Average Years to
    Exoneration

  • $235,000

    To Free A Wrongfully
    Convicted Person

Lydell Grant holding hands with family after announcement of exoneration.
Source: The National Registry of Exonerations
WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION EMPOWERS

Release & Exoneration Stories

Lydell Grant

Released & Exonerationed

Convicted:
  2012
Sentence:
  Life
Released:
  2019
Exonerated:
 
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Group photo at courthouse with Dennis Lee Allen holding exoneration paperwork
Source: Innocence Project of Texas
WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION EMPOWERS

Release & Exoneration Stories

Dennis Lee Allen

Released & Exonerationed

Convicted:
  2012
Sentence:
  Life
Released:
  2014
Exonerated:
 
READ THEIR STORY
Group photo with Anna Vasquez
Source: Innocence Project of Texas
WHAT YOUR CONTRIBUTION EMPOWERS

Release & Exoneration Stories

Anna Vasquez

Released & Exonerationed

Convicted:
  1998
Sentence:
  15 Years
Released:
  2012
Exonerated:
 
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The Issues

Courts wrongfully convict men and women for a number of reasons: mistaken witness identification; false accusations, including jailhouse informants who can have an incentive to give inaccurate testimony; misconduct on the part of the police or prosecutors; inaccurate or “junk” forensic science; false confessions; and inadequate defense.

Overworked and underfunded defense attorneys may also lack the resources to vigorously test the prosecution’s evidence at trial.

Wrongful Conviction Causes, By The Numbers

All Courtesy of National Registry of Exonerations

Systemic Failures Have Wrongly
Imprisoned Thousands of Texans.

The Generosity of Their Fellow Citizens Can Provide
Them the The Freedom They Deserve.

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