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Wrongful Convictions


Wrongfully Convicted Persons or Prospective Clemency Applicants 

It should be noted that the Board does not engage in the practice of re-litigating the underlying criminal case(s) for which clemency is being sought.  Along with various other considerations, the Board reviews the facts of the crime(s) as are presented by the Courts at the time that we receive and process your application.  An applicant is not prohibited from seeking clemency while simultaneously seeking legal relief from the Courts.  Resources may be available to prospective or current applicants who maintain their innocence of the crime(s) for which they have been convicted. 

Below you will find a list of organizations that specialize in providing resources and representation for individuals who maintain that they have been wrongfully convicted of a criminal offense.  Please note this list is being provided only as a convenient starting point for any individual who may be interested in pursuing options separate from an application with the Board of Pardons.  The organizations listed below are in no way endorsed or approved by the Board, and the list itself may not be exhaustive. 

Lastly, the Board is not responsible for any changes or revisions to the information contained below.

National Resources:

After Innocence
Oakland, CA.
Phone: 415-307-3386

Center on Wrongful Convictions (Bluhm Legal Clinic)
Northwestern Pitzer School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-3069
Phone: 312-503-2391

Equal Justice Initiative
122 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-269-1803

Exoneration Project
University of Chicago Law School
311 North Aberdeen Street,
Third Floor Suite E
Chicago, IL 60607

Innocence Project
40 Worth Street, Suite 701
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-364-5340

Project for the Innocent
Loyola Law School
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Email:  (Paula Mitchell, Legal Director)
Phone: 213-736-8141

Justice Denied
A magazine that publishes stories of the wrongly convicted.
The Justice Institute
PO Box 66291
Seattle, WA 98166

Wrongful Conviction Day
An affiliate of the Innocence Network that raises awareness of wrongful convictions by organizing days of action.


Pennsylvania-Based Resources

Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union
Will consider case if they believe civil liberties have been violated, not if they just believe inmate is innocent
ACLU of Pennsylvania
PO Box 60173
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-592-1513

Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Temple University Beasley School of Law
1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-4255

Witness to Innocence
Secures compensation for the wrongfully convicted
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 267-519-4584