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The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation, and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas.
After a conviction, it takes roughly seven to ten years for an innocent person to be exonerated, and the process is very expensive, with case preparation costing $100,000 or more. A full exoneration can cost $325,000.
As of May 2017, the 349 men and women across the country who have been exonerated through DNA collectively served almost 5,000 years in prison.
The MIP staff, along with our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Next Gen Board, and volunteers, works diligently to give freedom back to those whom the legal system has failed. Thanks to our partnerships with law schools at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and Columbia and the University of Kansas, our presence in the classroom gives us the opportunity to teach the next generation of lawyers and investigators how to identify and prevent these injustices.