News Detail
"It's pretty amazing," said Earl Horner, 31, a student in the class. "I get to set innocent people free from prison. That's pretty powerful."
Santa Clara University Law Students Help Exonerate the Wrongly Convicted
June 26, 2013 — The Northern California Innocence Project at the Santa Clara University School of Law reaches beyond the classroom to set the wrongly convicted free. Since 2001, the program has been instrumental in the exoneration of 16 men and one woman.

The project receives up to 1,000 requests for help a year, and students in the course assist lawyers by conducting interviews, visiting prisons and reviewing case documents. They learn about jailhouses and do much of the grunt work to support law firms in convincing prosecutors and judges to overturn verdicts.

"It's pretty amazing," said Earl Horner, 31, a student in the class. "I get to set innocent people free from prison. That's pretty powerful. A lot of law school is very opaque, learning about wills and trusts. Setting people free, that is something else."

The Innocence Project at Santa Clara University is part of an international "Innocence Network," which includes more than 50 other groups doing similar work. Linda Starr, legal director for the project at Santa Clara, said that there are no hard statistics, but the Northern California project is considered among the more successful in the network.

"There’s a lot of people in prison who are innocent and there’s nothing you can do," said student Fred Washington, 28, who is studying to be a district attorney. "Everyone doesn’t get out. You’re not going to change the system overnight. But if you keep chipping away it will happen at some point." [NBC Bay Area]





Recent News

October 17, 2018 — On Oct. 20, the Catholic Church will beatify Jesuit Father Tiburcio Arnaiz Muñoz in Málaga, Spain, where he is recognized as “apostle of the city.”

October 17, 2018 — On October 14, Pope Francis canonized a pope and a martyr: Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador.

October 15, 2018 — Prevain Devendran was selected to be a collaborator at the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

October 12, 2018 — On this day in 1963, U.S. Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek arrived in New York after 23 years in Russia in Siberian labor camps and Soviet prisons.

October 5, 2018 — Known as "The Magis," the guesthouse provides a place where Jesuits and other religious can recharge.

October 4, 2018 — Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin the three-week meeting.

October 3, 2018 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of St. Francis Borgia, SJ (1510-1572), the third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America 10/15/18

America 10/1/18

America 9/17/18



Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
The Jesuit Center in Wernersville, Penn., is a place of natural beauty, welcoming quiet and spiritual sustenance for those who seek peace within.