The Innocence Project is a Cardozo Law School clinic that has revolutionized the criminal justice system. It was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. Over the years the students and faculty at the clinic have worked together to exonerate over 300 prisoners who were wrongly convicted and serving sentences-- many of which were 20 year sentences and above. There is no greater example of a law school clinic that is an expression of doing justice and bringing law to life. The thousands of students who have come through this world-renowned clinic have been tranformed by the experience, and have helped transform the every day activities of the criminal justice system. Not only have the won the freedom of innocent people, they have earned the respect of those throughout the court system. In 2012 Dean Matthew Diller awarded Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld the Cardozo Justice Award for their dedication and inspirition to two decades of Cardozo Law School students.
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