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The Innocence Project of Iowa (IPI) is a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent and remedy wrongful convictions in the State of Iowa through case review, policy reform, and education. IPI’s volunteers assist inmates with viable claims of actual innocence and work to improve the integrity of Iowa’s criminal justice system. IPI was founded in 2007 by a group of attorneys, professors, and students committed to the prevention of wrongful convictions and the exoneration of innocent persons. IPI relies fully on volunteer lawyers, professors, students, and others, including ongoing structured volunteer relationships with the University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Buena Vista University. IPI is a tax-exempt non-profit corporation and a member of the nationwide Innocence Network.

The members of IPI’s Board of Directors are:

  • Emily Ehlers, Des Moines
  • Brian Farrell, Toddville
  • Mark Gruwell, Estherville
  • Neal McNabb, Storm Lake
  • Kent Simmons, Davenport
  • Tricia Bushnell, Kansas City (ex officio)

To read a recent paper on innocence work authored by IPI Board Member Kent Simmons, click here.

Recognizing a shared interest in exonerating Iowa residents convicted of crimes they did not commit, the Innocence Project of Iowa, the Iowa Public Defender’s Wrongful Conviction Division (WCD), and the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) have joined together to further promote justice and secure exonerations within Iowa. Together, these organizations will continue to identify, investigate, and litigate cases of individuals who are claiming factual innocence of the crimes for which they were convicted.

All applications for assistance should be directly sent to the Midwest Innocence Project at:

The Midwest Innocence Project
3619 Broadway Blvd., Suite 2
Kansas City, MO 64111

More information can be found at http://www.iowainnocence.org.