We are a second-look organization for people who were wrongly convicted in Los Angeles County. To be eligible for our services, the applicant must:
Be factually innocent
Be willing to take, and able to pass a polygraph
Be incarcerated on a Los Angeles County case
Have been rejected by the California Innocence Project
FAQ: Case Screening Process
How do I get started? +
If you are eligible (see criteria above), send a letter to Innocence Matters, PO Box 1098, Torrance, CA 90505 with details about your claim of innocence. If you convince us you meet the eligibility criteria AND we are ready to begin reviewing other cases, we will send you an application.
How long will it take? +
Please understand it will take many months before we are in touch with you. Do not call the office; we will not provide updates on the phone. Be patient and continue looking. When we are able, we will be in touch.
Why does it take so long? +
Resources are limited. We rely heavily on volunteers and we have far too many innocent people who need our help. And it takes a great deal of effort to get the prosecutor and the court to entertain the possibility that the system erred.
Can my family stop by the office? +
No. We do not take walk-ins and we will not meet with family or witnesses until after we have thoroughly reviewed your application and your case has advanced to the next stage.
Can we call the office for updates during the screening process? +
No. We cannot take calls from prospective clients or family members seeking updates during the screening process. Given our limited resources, we have to use our time efficiently. You will not improve your chances of being selected by calling us.
What happens after I submit my application? +
Your application will be evaluated by a senior lawyer and several student interns. You will either receive a letter explaining why you are not eligible or a a letter indicating that your case has advanced to the next stage of review. It may take a very long time before you hear either way.