News 03.23.22

Innocence Project Receives Gift From MacKenzie Scott

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott makes a generous donation to the organization.

By Innocence Staff

The Innocence Project is honored to be the recipient of a generous grant from MacKenzie Scott.

“This gift is an important recognition of thirty years of pioneering work by the Innocence Project to expose and prevent wrongful convictions,” said Executive Director Christina Swarns.“ It will have an enormous impact on our ability to restore freedom for the innocent and support their healing and reconnection to community, transform systems through policy reform and strategic litigation and advance the innocence movement in this country. Given the recent announcement of the 3000th known exoneration in the United States and the uprisings in response to the murder of George Floyd, this gift comes at a crucial moment in the struggle for criminal and racial justice reform.”

The funds will be used, in part, to offer regular litigation training to lawyers throughout the Innocence Network and thereby deepen the capacity of Network organizations to free and exonerate people who are wrongfully convicted. 

 

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