More than 300 years. That’s the total amount of time that, collectively, 19 men spent in prison for crimes they didn't commit. But thanks to the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, their freedom was finally secured. Focusing on the DC region, MAIP rigorously screens and investigates innocence claims from prisoners and their families. For the most compelling cases it offers pro-bono litigation, representing the prisoner in court or filing a clemency petition – and achieving one of the highest success rates of any innocence organization in the country: nine victories in the last two years alone. And the work is crucial, not only because securing justice for those wrongly imprisoned is the right thing to do, but because protecting the public from perpetrators still at large is also critical. Overturning convictions is, however, profoundly difficult, so MAIP also leads a policy reform effort, which has led to improved legislation that can prevent wrongful convictions before they happen. Helping return innocent citizens to their families and 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



Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
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  • The current budget for Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is: Less than $500k

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