Founded in 2001, the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) provides quality investigative and legal assistance to Kentucky prisoners with provable claims of actual innocence. The Program combines the resources of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (the Commonwealth’s Public Defender Agency) with several of the Commonwealth’s finest educational institutions to extensively investigate and litigate claims of innocence by those convicted in the state of Kentucky.
The Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase School of Law, the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law offer students the opportunity to participate in the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship. These students receive the opportunity to sharpen professional skills while performing a valuable service to the wrongfully incarcerated men and women of the Commonwealth. Unlike many other innocence projects across the country, KIP does not limit cases only to those where DNA evidence exists. Instead the Kentucky Innocence Project strives to release all wrongfully convicted Kentuckians.
Wrongful conviction is a problem that eventually will touch every citizen. We hope that this site will further the innocence movement by continuing to highlight and address the causes of a failing justice system.
If you have questions about making a donation to the Kentucky Innocence Project, please contact our staff at: 5 Mill Creek Park, Frankfort, KY 40601 or email Linda Smith
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