Midwest Innocence Project

Midwest Innocence Project


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About Us

We are a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of wrongfully convicted people in the five-state region of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

The Midwest Innocence Project’s mission is to educate about, advocate for, and obtain and support the exoneration and release of wrongfully convicted people in the Midwest. There are roughly 2,000-7,000 people in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska that are locked behind bars this very moment for crimes they did not commit.

Founded in 2001 through the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, we are an independent innocence organization that is a part of the national Innocence Network. Our partnerships with law firms, law schools, and undergraduate student volunteers allow us to provide the very best representation at no cost to innocent people within our region.


Faye Jacobs was freed on July 17th after serving 26 years for a crime she did not commit.