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Our mission is to correct and prevent wrongful convictions through research, education, and litigation. We also assist other innocence organizations with DNA investigations. Since 2005, we have helped start Innocence Projects in Ireland and France, worked with 27 Innocence organizations in the US, and established the International Innocence program that investigates DNA cases outside the United States.

Interview with Christopher Tapp and Greg Hampikian

Boise State Public Radio Interview

Christopher Tapp Receives Full Exoneration

Boise State Public Radio Article

Christopher Tapp in Court Monday, July 1 at 11AM. Exoneration?

Could Monday be the day that ends Christopher Tapp’s two decades of wrongful conviction?

The Idaho innocence Project is pleased to announce that Christopher Tapp will be in court on Monday July 1, 2019 for a status conference.  We are hoping that the prosecutor will take this opportunity to address what is now a tortuously long process of exoneration.  Police announced in a press conference on May 16, 2019 that Brian Dripps confessed to stabbing Angie Dodge on his own in 1996.  Mr. Dripps is a match the DNA evidence in the case, including semen and a pubic hair recovered from the victim’s body.  At that press conference, the Idaho Falls Police chief Bryce Johnson announced that

“Chris Tapp is another very important part of this case that deserves its day in the sunlight, and we will do that…that day will be in a couple weeks and we’ll do that, whatever is right in a couple of weeks. We need a little more time to dot i’s and cross t’s.”]

It is our hope that Chris will have his day of promised sunlight.  I have attached a partial timeline of DNA testing in the case for those who are interested.

The status conference is public, and we’ll be there.  Please consider joining us.
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Monday July 1, 2019    Hearing set for 11:00 am
Judge Alan C. Stephens
Bonneville County Courthouse
605 North Capital Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Read “What happened to Tapp should never happen again”

Read the Idaho Post Register Editorial about Chris Tapp – Our Crime

June 1, 2018 Jenkins and Lawrence freed – Murder charges dismissed for 2 former Montana inmates after convictions overturned

April 25, 2016 Darryl Pinkins EXONERATED after 25 years by the work of Frances Watson (since 1999) and her students at University Indiana McKinney Law School Wrongful Convictions Clinic, the Idaho Innocence Project (since 2006), and TrueAllele’s Mark Perlin (since 2014).  New DNA technique used to exonerate for the first time. See CBS News

Watch Forensic DNA Mixups

TEDx Boise. x = independently organized TED event from 1/16/2015.

Amanda Knox thanks Greg Hampikian and Idaho Innocence Project at Boise State
Amanda Knox legal fight highlights fallibility of DNA forensics
BBC Radio series “Troubling flaws in Forensic Science,” Dr. Greg Hampikian a professor in the Biology and Criminal Justice Departments at Boise State University, and the Director of the Idaho Innocence Project discusses his work on the Amanda Knox case. Listen here: future/story/20150512-can-we-trust-forensic-science


March 14, 2014: Sarah Pearce Freed After 12 Years.
Pictured with her mom (left) and aunt.

Idaho Innocence Project Sponsors Eyewitness Identification Best Practices Seminar

Our Team
Front row: Rick Visser, IIP; Lisa Burger, NYIP; Dr. Jennifer Dysart, John Jay College; Rebecca Brown, NYIP; Ify Ike, NYIP.
Back row: Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney; Norwood Police Chief WIlliam Brooks; Judy Townsend, IIP; Nora Staum, IIP; Dr. Greg Hampikian, IIP

On November 13, 2012 the IIP sponsored an eyewitness identification seminar for local law enforcement agencies. Speakers were Rebecca Brown from the national Innocence Project, Chief William Brooks from the Norwood, MA Police Department,  Professor Jennifer Dysart from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Rick Visser, formerly of the Idaho Innocence Project.  The two-hour seminar was very well received, and the IIP thanks all who attended and participated. The seminar’s goal was to advocate best practices in Idaho in eyewitness identification. 75% of the 301 wrongfully convicted cases in America involved misidentification. TO DONATE TO THE IDAHO INNOCENCE PROJECT, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

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