How You Can Help

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we rely on your support.

As a 501(c)3, the Center operates on a very tight budget. Our office is largely furnished and equipped through the generous donations of furniture and computers by Center supporters. We reuse all office supplies whenever possible, including binders, case folders, and paper. Our Executive Director worked pro bono on a full-time basis for over 15 years.

Even with our best efforts to keep costs low, we spend an average of:

  • $5000 for each full exoneration hearing
  • $1500 per DNA test
  • $750/month on postage, toner, and miscellaneous office supplies
  • $300/year to maintain electronic case files
  • $150/month on investigation expenses
  • $150/month on fuel to visit clients and interview witnesses

We need your help to defray these costs and more. Your support will help ensure we have the resources to thoroughly investigate and respond to each claim of innocence we receive.

Other Ways to Help:

Donate every time you shop on!

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Amex Members Give

Did you know, you can redeem your American Express Membership Rewards points for a donation? For every 1,000 points you redeem, we will receive a $10.00. Select the Members Give banner to get started.

Supply Justice

Supply Justice donates 100% of the net profit from each sale to the criminal justice non-profit of your choice. Its founder has a substantial background in business and real estate. Her inspiration was seeded when as a member of a corporate management team, she was charged with a crime she did not commit.

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The Center also accepts donations of new and used office supplies. To view our Amazon wishlist of needed office supplies, please click here:

If you’d like to donate used office supplies or furniture, please email with the subject line: office supply donation.