The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, 289 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.
James Bain was exonerated on December 17, 2009, after 35 years of wrongful imprisonment in Florida. Bain has spent more years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit than any other person exonerated through DNA testing in the United States. The Innocence Project of Florida helped Bain prove his innocence of the 1974 rape of a young boy.
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.