Information for Clients

The Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) Clinic selects cases based on a number of factors. To submit a case for consideration, a prisoner must first fill out an application and mail it to the IPNW Clinic. Download a printable version of the IPNW Application for Assistance.

In order to qualify for representation, a prisoner must:

  • Be wrongly convicted of crimes in Washington (for help in other states, please see a list of other innocence projects);
  • Be unable to afford counsel;
  • No longer have the right to appointed counsel;
  • Have completed the direct appeals process;
  • Have at least three years of prison time remaining to be served;
  • Have a claim of actual innocence that can be proven through DNA testing or other newly discovered evidence; and
  • Have no involvement in the crime whatsoever (The IPNW Clinic will not take cases in which the prisoner claims an affirmative defense such as self-defense, insanity or accidental death, or cases in which the prisoner seeks a reduction of his or her sentence).

Only fully completed applications will be evaluated. Send the completed application to:

Innocence Project Northwest Clinic
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
P.O. Box   85110
Seattle, WA 98145-1110

Please do not phone or e-mail the IPNW Clinic about the status of your case. Thank you for your patience while we process your application.

IPNW Application for Assistance


Contact

Innocence Project Northwest
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
P.O. Box   85110
Seattle, WA 98145-1110

Last updated 1/17/2013