Just Data: Advancing the Innocence Movement

Just Data is the Innocence Project’s annual virtual gathering dedicated to elevating social science, connecting diverse stakeholders, and promoting practical research to advance the innocence movement. Check back for regular updates on the upcoming 2023 event, hosted by the Data Science & Research team.

Notable Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 6, 2023
  • Just Data Conference: November 9, 2023

Call for Papers: Seeking Submissions for Research on Wrongful Convictions

The Innocence Project is thrilled to announce the second annual research convening, “Just Data: Advancing the Innocence Movement,” scheduled for November 9, 2023.

This event is virtual and will promote new, practically applicable research exploring wrongful convictions and criminal legal system reform. Social scientists and legal scholars are invited to submit summary papers for consideration by July 6, 2023. Accepted authors will have the opportunity to present at the conference and have their papers published in an accompanying special issue of The Wrongful Conviction Law Review.

This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the latest research and connect thinkers from different backgrounds and professional communities. We value diverse voices and encourage researchers from historically underrepresented groups to submit their research. Please share with your networks and feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.



  • Email all materials to [email protected] or by using the link above.
  • Use the email subject line “Submission for Just Data 2023.”
  • Include all author names and affiliations in submission email.
    • Identify corresponding author.
    • Identify presenter.

Paper requirements

  • Impactful relevance to wrongful convictions
  • Unpublished work only
  • Previously presented work will be considered (if you have presented a version of this work previously, please indicate the type of presentation and the audience)
  • One Word document containing the following:
    • Paper title
    • Abstract (maximum 150 words)
    • Summary of Method (maximum 300 words)
    • Summary of Results (maximum 300 words)
    • Policy Implications (maximum 300 words)

Research Questions From the Innocence Project

See here.

A Look Back at Our Inaugural Just Data Conference

The Innocence Project’s (IP) work has always been guided by science and in 2022 we proudly hosted our first ever international research conference, ” Just Data: Advancing the Innocence Movement.” It was the IP’s inaugural gathering dedicated to social science research on wrongful convictions.

We featured presentations from four different research teams; a unique keynote conversation with a guest who has direct experience surviving wrongful conviction and conducting social science research; and a discussion with IP colleagues,  who are attorneys, social workers, and experts from our policy, intake, and communications teams, about questions they need researchers to investigate in order to better support their daily work.

The conference will be held annually and aims to elevate the profile of data, science, and research in the innocence movement by showcasing the latest social science research, fostering collaboration with leading scholars across disciplines, and inspiring new practical areas of research.

This free event was held virtually to maximize accessibility for a diverse community of expert, early-career, and student researchers around the world. The IP’s data science & research team is eager to continue driving the wrongful conviction research agenda and welcomes all who are interested to join the just data movement.

Read a recap of our first-ever virtual social science research conference here.

Watch the 2022 “Just Data” conference.

Contact Us

For questions or suggestions related to the upcoming conference or feedback on last year’s convening, please email us at [email protected].