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The Rosenthal Institute for Justice was established at Cincinnati Law thanks to the generosity of Lois and Richard Rosenthal. The primary component of the UC law school's Rosenthal Institute for Justice is the Ohio Innocence Project, which was founded in 2003. Harnessing the energy and intellect of law students as its driving force, the OIP seeks to identify inmates in Ohio prisons who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing. Innocence is often determined by DNA testing, but can include other types of new evidence such as new witnesses, new expert testimony, or evidence of police misconduct. Once an inmate's innocence has been established through investigation, the OIP sends the case back to court and litigates in the hope of obtaining the inmate's freedom. Innocence Projects across the country have freed more than 250 wrongfully convicted inmates to date. The Ohio Innocence Project to date has helped 23 individuals obtain their long-sought freedom. Learn more about our significant cases. To contact the OIP, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inmate Screening Application
An inmate requesting the assistance of the OIP should complete the Screening Application (pdf). The inmate must FULLY COMPLETE the form and submit it to the address on the form, otherwise it will be returned and no further action will be taken until returned complete. Print out a hard copy of the application, fill out in ink, and return it by mail if you would like the OIP to review your case.
- OIP featured in Time magazine special edition
- Mark Godsey is an American Superhero (salon.com story)
- OIP receives Spirit of America Award
- Ohio Innocence Project Attorneys and Exonerees to be Honored at Award Ceremony by Death Penalty Advocacy Group
- OIP Exonerates Three; Longest-Serving Person to be Exonerated Freed
- Private Donations Enable OIP to Free Longest-Serving Exoneree
- Join the OIP in Celebrating the Launch of OIP-u and Wrongful Conviction Day
- October 20, 2017 - OIP Fundraiser at The Soap Gallery
- October 24, 2017 - Prof. Brian Howe guest lectures at Cuyahoga Community College: Just Mercy
- November 3, 2017 - Prof. Godsey keynotes Dayton Bar Assn. Annual Conference (CLE)
- November 8, 2017 - Blind Justice Talk
- November 16, 2017 - OIP: The Innocence Movement (CLE)