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Project ended on December 02, at 12:00 PM HST
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The Hawaiʻi Innocence Project needs you!

More than 2,800 people have been exonerated in the US since 1989, but the fight continues for the thousands who remain wrongfully incarcerated. It takes years and, in many cases, decades to achieve an exoneration.

Please consider making a gift to support the critical work the Hawaii Innocence Project does every day!

Our clients include veterans, parents, spouses, children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. While the time they lost is significant and measurable, the value of the life experiences lost is priceless.

  • Missed first steps, first days of school, and reading bedtime stories to their children. Since most of our clients are incarcerated in Arizona, many haven't seen their children in person for over 20 years.
  • Missed holiday gatherings with loved ones. 
  • Missed graduations and weddings.
  • Missed opportunities. Missed promotions, missed adventures, missed embraces with loved ones before they pass away.

Shattered families, careers, dreams, and lives because of wrongful conviction.  

The Hawaiʻi Innocence Project needs you!

While we cannot get back the time our clients have lost, we can continue to fight for their freedom and help them, and their families achieve justice with your support. For many, getting out of prison is only the beginning. Among other things, freed clients face challenges securing housing and employment, building economic security, and reestablishing relationships. They also face the stigma of incarceration and mental and physical health impacts sustained from living in carceral settings. Reentering society can be a long-term process, and there is no perfect template. 

Representing our clients and supporting them after their release requires an abundance of resources. From hiring expert consultants for their trials and flying to Arizona, where most of our clients are incarcerated, to supplying our clients with stamps to communicate with us via letters, please consider making a gift of any size to support our work.

The harm and injustice of wrongful conviction are incalculable, and we all have a responsibility to bring the truth to light. Please join us in the fight for justice and accountability!

HIP client, Roynes Dural, and his family.   Roynes served 8 years of his 20-year sentence before his case was finally dismissed.HIP client, Roynes Dural, and his family.  
Roynes served 8 years of his 20-year sentence before his case was finally dismissed.


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A book of stamps for a client who is incarcerated.


Mailing Supplies

Mailing supplies for clients and applicants.



One round-trip flight to an outer island to investigate a case.


Petition Supplies

It takes $250 per month for general supplies to file a petition in one of our cases.



Obtain documents to conduct a thorough investigation (ex. police reports, court transcripts)


Client Visits

Visit our clients in prison (Arizona)


DNA Evidence

Test and receive a forensic report for a single item of DNA evidence


Student Fellow

Hire a student fellow for the summer months



Hire an investigator to collect DNA and other evidence


Expert Witness

Hire an expert witness to testify against the use of junk science

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