Innocence Project Northwest

The only resource of its kind in Washington State, the IPNW frees innocent prisoners using DNA and other new evidence. IPNW was founded in 1997 to exonerate the innocent, remedy causes of wrongful conviction and offer law students an outstanding education.

IPNW Clinic in the News

  • May 24, 2015

    Source: The Daily News

    Attorneys from the University of Washington are trying to exonerate convicted killer Donovan Allen, saying that new DNA testing techniques may prove he did not kill his mother in Longview 15 years ago.
  • May 11, 2015

    Source: Associated Press

    DNA collected in any felony case charged as a violent or sex offense will now be preserved through the length of the offender's sentence, including post-prison community custody, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
  • May 08, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    Marcie Sillman talks with Lara Zarowsky, policy director for The Innocence Project Northwest, about why she wants to reform how police departments conduct eye witness identifications.
  • Sep 26, 2014

    Source: KOMO

    Olebar's exoneration began with his wife approaching the Innocence Project Northwest, which is based at the University of Washington Law School.
    Two students from the project pulled together evidence that Olebar was not among the people who broke into the home of his sister's boyfriend and beat him unconscious. The students, Nikki Carsley and Kathleen Kline, tracked down and interviewed three of the assailants, who signed sworn statements admitting their involvement and denying that Olebar was present during the attack.
  • Sep 26, 2014

    Source: KPLU

    Olebar is one of the first exonerees to receive a monetary award under a Washington law passed in 2013. The law makes it possible for people wrongfully incarcerated in the state to receive up to $50,000 for each year in prison as well as tuition waivers for themselves and their families to state universities and colleges.
    Olebar was able to prove his innocence with the help of the Innocence Project Northwest.
  • Sep 26, 2014

    Source: King 5

    Brandon Olebar and his daughter, Creation, both share something in common: Their new lives are just beginning.
    Olebar, 31, was released from prison after serving ten years for a burglary and robbery he didn't commit. On Friday, he became the first person to claim a financial award from the state legislature under a new law passed to compensate innocent people sent to prison.
    Creation, 30 days old, was born almost exactly nine months after the University of Washington Innocence Project helped set her dad free.
  • Sep 26, 2014

    Source: The Seattle Times

    The Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW), based out of the clinical-law program at the University of Washington Law School, began reviewing Olebar’s case in 2011.
    Two UW law students, Nikki Carsley and Kathleen Kline, who graduated last year, developed a body of evidence that showed Olebar was not among the people who in February 2003 broke into the home of his sister’s boyfriend and pistol-whipped and beat the man unconscious.

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