The Northern Arizona Justice Project

Robert Schehr, Northern Arizona University
Leah Rosenwasser, Northern Arizona University

ABSTRACT
Recently, a report issued by Columbia University Law Professor, James Liebman, indicated that Arizona is among the worst states in the country when it comes to making mistakes in death penalty cases (A Broken System: Error Rates in Capital Cases, 1973-1995). The Northern Arizona Justice Project, which investigates cases of factual innocence, is committed to seeing all wrongfully convicted people set free. Our organization examines cases where DNA evidence is present and may prove exculpatory, as well as cases where no DNA exists. This paper will provide an overview of the development of the NAJP and coverage of such topics as case selection processes and investigative techniques.

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Updated 05/20/2006