The Catholic University of America

HISTORY

The first Innocence Project was founded in 1992 at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. The Innocence Project seeks to exonerate the wrongly convicted, primarily through the use of DNA evidence.  DNA testing has been a major factor in changing the criminal justice system. It has provided scientific proof that our system convicts and sentences innocent people — and that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events.