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PA INNOCENCE PROJECT

Unlocking the Truth | Freeing the Innocent

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.painnocence.org

Mission

The mission of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project is to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit, to prevent innocent people from being prosecuted and convicted, and to help those wrongfully convicted transition to freedom.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Meredith Rapkin

Main address

1515 Market St., #300 Temple Law Center City

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

26-3176893

NTEE code info

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Registry of Exonerations, the centralized database tracking cases of wrongful conviction and exoneration in the US, has reported more than 3,400 exonerations since 1989 - more than 31,000 years lost to wrongful incarceration. Innocent Black defendants served a majority of that time. In fact, innocent Black Americans are 7 times more likely to be convicted of serious crimes, including murder, than innocent white Americans. In Pennsylvania, the National Registry of Exonerations has recorded 125 exonerations since 1989. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project receives hundreds of letters every year from incarcerated people requesting our help - more than 7,400 since we opened our doors in 2009. The deep flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system have a profound negative impact on the wrongfully convicted, their families, those harmed by the crime, our workforce and economy, and indeed our communities as a whole, with disproportionately negative impact on people of color.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Services for the Wrongfully Convicted

We provide legal services at no cost to innocent individuals wrongfully incarcerated in Pennsylvania. We have secured the release of more than 25 innocent people since our establishment in 2009. Our clients have lost an average of 22.5 years of their lives to wrongful conviction.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

We provide re-entry programming for freed and exonerated people across the Commonwealth to aid in their transition to freedom. This is particularly important in Pennsylvania, where no compensation law is in place to provide resources for those who have been wrongfully convicted.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Innocence Network 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of freed and exonerated people engaged in our re-entry programming

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Post-Release Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of incarcerated people who have requested our help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services for the Wrongfully Convicted

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients freed and exonerated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal Services for the Wrongfully Convicted

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doris DelTosto Brogan

Villanova University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/23/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.