The Arizona Justice Project was formed in January 1998 under the direction of AACJ member Larry Hammond and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. It is often the last resort of those wrongfully convicted in Arizona. The Project is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers, including attorneys, paralegals, investigators, law professors and their students.
The Mission of the Justice Project is to identify credible evidence that may firmly establish actual innocence or indicate that a significant injustice has occurred.
An inmates currently serving a sentence in the Arizona Corrections System may apply to the Project for assistance by completing a questionnaire. In order to be considered, the inmate:
Must not be currently represented by an attorney
Must be incarcerated based on an Arizona conviction.
A Justice Project questionnaire must be completed to start the process. The completed questionnaire should be returned to the Justice Project for a preliminary investigation into the facts and legal issues raised at trial, direct appeal or in post-conviction proceedings. The Justice Project case evaluators identify and evaluate the merit of legal issues for post-conviction, clemency, or habeas corpus relief and make a recommendation as to whether the case should be accepted. Because there are a limited number of individuals working on the Project, delays of six months or more are possible.
The Justice Project questionnaires and further information are available on the Arizona Justice Project web site: Arizona Justice Project
The Arizona Justice Project is one of a network of Innocence Projects throughout the United States. Contact an Innocence Project in another state.