~ Clarence Darrow
The Innocence Project of Iowa is a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent and remedy wrongful convictions in the State of Iowa through case investigation, policy reform, and education. The Project's volunteers assist inmates with viable claims of actual innocence and work to improve the integrity of Iowa's criminal justice system.
This website provides information about the Innocence Project of Iowa, our work, and the national innocence movement. Learn about us, including our history, structure, and organization. Persons seeking assistance from the Project should follow the instructions in information for inmates. We encourage you to support us financially or to get involved as a volunteer. Check out the latest news and the many resources we have available. Finally, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
UPDATES AND EVENTS
New Report on Preventing Wrongful Convictions
American University has released a new report comparing the factors that lead to the release of an innocent indicted person without conviction instead of the post-conviction exoneration of a person. The report is avaialble here.
National Registry of Exonerations Launched
On May 21, 2012, the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law launched the first National Registry of Exonerations, available at www.exonerationregistry.org. This new joint project represents the largest collection of such cases ever assembled and it will be continually updated.
New Address for IPI
Effective April 2012, the mailing address for the Innocence Project of Iowa is:
Innocence Project of Iowa
19 S. 7th St.
Estherville, Iowa 51334
Iowa Supreme Court Reiterates Admonintion on Recording Interrogations
In its recent opinion in State v. Madsen, the Iowa Supreme Court again addressed the recording of interrogations by law enforcement. The opinion, issued on April 20, 2012, reiterates the Court's admonition in State v. Hatjic, 724 N.W.2d 449 (Iowa 2006), encouraging law enforcement agencies to videotape custodial interrogations. The Madsen opinion further encourages electronic recording of noncustodial interrogations when practical. The opinion is available here.