It’s been a long time coming…
But after a lot of planning and a lot of hard work, the Tennessee Innocence Project is finally here. We are glad you stopped by!
On our site, you can find a list of our leadership, a way to donate, and the application for our services. In the coming months, we will post in-person events you can attend to show your support for TIP.
We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we need your help.
Consider making a donation today to support our work, and stay tuned for more details.
Why Does Tennessee Need an Innocence Project?
Tennessee has only had 21 exonerations arising out of 19 cases, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.
This is significantly lower than other states with a similar incarceration rate. For example, North Carolina has seen 61 exonerations, while Louisiana has 57 exonerees, and Michigan has 96.
What’s the difference?
All three states have innocence organizations. In states like Illinois, where innocence organizations have been operating for several decades, more than 220 people have been exonerated. Currently, in Tennessee, attorneys are compensated $1,000 for completing an investigation that should be as complete and detailed as a season of the Serial podcast. In addition to investigation, attorneys must litigate all claims. Tennessee attorneys do not get any funding for investigators or expert witnesses. This utter lack of funding means that an attorney will be compensated $1000 for reviewing a complex murder trial, re-investigating for new evidence, and re-litigating with a higher burden of proof than ever existed during the jury trial. Under the current system, it is nearly impossible for an inmate in Tennessee to prove their actual innocence without the necessary resources.
We want to change that.
You can help us with that - donate now.