Executions in 2018: min. 690 plus 'thousands' in China

Innocence Projects

The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonorating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

The Center on Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice. The Center has three components: representation, research, and community services. Center faculty, staff, cooperating outside attorneys, and Bluhm Legal Clinic students investigate possible wrongful convictions and represent imprisoned clients with claims of actual innocence.

The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) exists for a primary purpose: to exonerate and free the wrongly convicted. Based on the visionary work of The Innocence Project (Cardozo Law School, New York), GIP investigates criminal cases where DNA evidence not tested at the time of trial might still exist and might prove actual innocence. Since its inception in 2002, GIP has helped exonerate four Georgia men. It currently accepts cases in Georgia and Alabama.

The Idaho Innocence Project is the only Innocence Project that is directed by a forensic genetics expert, Dr. Greg Hampikian. Part of it's mission is assisting other projects across the United States and abroad with DNA issues. The Idaho Innocence Project has established the Forensic DNA Review program, which is reviewing DNA interpretation practices across the country. As part of this effort it has identified several cases where particular laboratory standards and interpretive practices may have resulted in wrongful convictions.

Through the use of DNA testing, IPF helps innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives.

The Innocence Project of Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions and securing freedom for men and women wrongfully imprisoned for serious crimes in the State of Texas. They are comprised of dedicated student-volunteers and experienced legal advocates who donate countless hours and energy to investigate claims of actual innocence filed by inmates. Together, they are working to provide hope and reconciliation for those lost in a broken criminal justice system.

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing the conviction of innocent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. MAIP's staff of four works with a dedicated Board of Directors and scores of pro bono lawyers and law students to screen and investigate the cases of prisoners who write them. MAIP then provides pro bono investigative and legal help in the most compelling cases, working to ensure that innocent prisoners obtain their freedom.

The Midwestern Innocence Project is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to the innocent in prison.

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) provides pro bono legal assistance to inmates who have claims of actual innocence. NEIP's mission is to represent persons wrongly convicted in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont and to advocate for the reform of the American criminal justice system.