The Duke Law Innocence Project® is a volunteer student organization that works to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions by investigating claims of actual innocence and presenting conclusions to the Project leadership and faculty advisers.
The DLIP also engages in policy reform advocacy and outreach to the community in education. The organization also helps its exonerees in their reintegration to society. For more information and to become involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Communications team writes, edits, and publishes the group’s periodic internal newsletter, creates graphics for and manages the organization’s social media accounts, and handles production of the Voices of Innocence Podcast. The newsletter will highlight upcoming events and notable work of the organization, and social media will be used to promote our work and increase the Project’s reach. The team will also begin the second season of DLIP’s Podcast. The previous season focused on Dontae Sharpe, an exoneree of the Innocence Project, while this upcoming season will focus on broader issues in criminal law. Podcast members of the team will work on ideas and research for the upcoming season and production and episode planning.
The Jail Mail team screens jail mail, or letters from inmates, and responds accordingly. If someone writes in from a North Carolina prison and has a claim of actual innocence, we send them a questionnaire to receive more information and pass that along to the active investigations team. We are the first point of contact for individuals seeking assistance from DLIP.
The Policy team is divided into smaller teams that research and draft memoranda on policy issues related to wrongful convictions. The team also drafts policy proposals based on their research. The team collaborates with the Active Investigations team to identify issues and works with the Events and Communications teams to educate the community on these issues. Further, the team engages in advocacy in the local and broader community regarding issues related to wrongful convictions.