Illinois Innocence Project
CSFA Number: 330-00-2354
Agency Name
Office Of The Lieutenant Governor (330)
Agency Contact
Jessica Allen
2175583377
jessica.allen@illinois.gov
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Law, Justice, and Legal Services
Enabling Legislation
Public Act 101-0007
SB 0262
Section 15
Objectives and Goals
The mission of the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP), founded in 2001 at the University of Illinois Springfield, is three-pronged:

1. Legal advocacy – IIP works to exonerate innocent men and women who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit
2. Reform – IIP works toward reforms of the Illinois criminal justice system to prevent miscarriages of justice and protect society from the guilty perpetrators who walk free when innocent people are convicted
3. Education – IIP educates students, the public and law enforcement about wrongful convictions, why they occur and how to prevent them.

Each year IIP staff and students review over 300 requests for help (the Project has received 3,125 requests since 2001). IIP has been intimately involved in the release of 11 innocent individuals, and the posthumous exoneration of another, who were wrongfully imprisoned for a total of 221 years at a cost of $9.9 million to Illinois taxpayers. The Project provides all legal representation and services at no cost, relying on charitable donations and grants to support its work.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Direct Appropriation to the Illinois Innocence Project.
Eligibility Requirements
Direct Appropriation to the Illinois Innocence Project.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2020 : $1,000,000
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
None