Founded in 2000, The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing the conviction of innocent people in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
We work with pro bono lawyers and law students to screen and investigate the cases of prisoners who write us. We then provide pro bono investigative and legal help in the most compelling cases, working to ensure that these innocent men and women obtain their freedom. We know we cannot possibly correct all of the wrongful convictions that have occurred in our region, so we also work to prevent wrongful convictions by advocating for changes in law enforcement practices and appropriate legislative reforms, as well as working to educate judges, legislators, law enforcement, and the public about the causes of wrongful convictions.
To date, MAIP has helped secure the exoneration or release of 21 innocent men. These men spent a total of more than 352 years in prison—lost years with their children and families, and as active members of their communities—a massive injury to justice.
For more information on what we do and what kinds of cases we handle, please visit our Request Help page. For more information on what you can do to help us in our mission, please visit our Take Action page.