More than 600 years. That’s how long, collectively, 33 innocent men spent in prison for crimes they didn't commit – until MAIP helped restore their freedom. Focused on cases in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, MAIP rigorously screens and investigates innocence claims from prisoners and their families. It then represents prisoners in court or files clemency petitions (pro bono, of course) – achieving one of the highest success rates of any innocence organization in the country: nine victories in the past two years alone. This work secures justice for the wrongly-imprisoned and serves the public by revealing that the real perpetrators of a crime are still at large. MAIP also leads a policy reform effort whose improved legislation can prevent wrongful convictions before they happen. Returning innocent citizens to their rightful lives is, simply, the right thing to do.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 3
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide
Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American
- Number of exonerations:
MAIP has secured the exonerations of 19 innocent men spent a total of more than 303 years in prison for crimes they did not commi
- Number of requests for help:
MAIP is currently representing 12 individuals, investigating 38 cases, and has 612 other cases in various stages of our rigorous intake and screening process; more requests come in each week, totaling approximately 500 new inquiries each year.
- Resolving Errors of the FBI Crime Lab in DC:
At the invitation of the US Attorney's Office, MAIP reviewed more than 80 DC cases involving faulty hair and fiber analysis by the FBI crime laboratory. We are working with PDS to develop a joint report on the results.
Awards & Recognition
- Michael McAlister wrongful conviction: Will Gov. McAuliffe exonerate an innocent man without DNA?
Mon Apr 13 2015, Slate
"Of all the maddening stories of wrongful convictions, Michael McAlister's may be one of the worst..."
- Pardon case goes to Va. Gov. McAuliffe as attorney general Herring withholds judgment
Wed Apr 8 2015, Washington Post
A joint pardon request was delivered Wednesday to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), putting the case in the hands of elected officials.
- Pardon sought for man who claims innocence but is facing sex offender commitment
Tue Apr 7 2015, Richmond Times Dispatch
His prison sentence ended in January 2015, but Michael McAlister could spend the rest of his life in custody for a crime he did not commit.
Tue Apr 7 2015, Washington Post
A convicted sex offender who claims he is innocent - and a prosecutor who believes him - ask VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe to issue a full pardon.
- D.C. appeals court calls for new trial in '93 murder case, citing 'false evidence'
Wed Oct 29 2014, Washington Post
D.C. appeals court calls for new trial in '93 murder case, citing 'false evidence' at the trial.
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- The current budget for Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is: Less than $500k
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