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Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice

Ohio Innocence Project


The Rosenthal Institute for Justice was established at the UC College of Law thanks to the generosity of Lois and Richard Rosenthal. The primary component of the UC law school's Rosenthal Institute for Justice is the Ohio Innocence Project, which was founded in 2003. Harnessing the energy and intellect of law students as its driving force, the OIP seeks to identify inmates in Ohio prisons who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing. Innocence is often determined by DNA testing, but can include other types of new evidence such as new witnesses, new expert testimony, or evidence of police misconduct. Once an inmate's innocence has been established through investigation, the OIP sends the case back to court and litigates in the hope of obtaining the inmate's freedom. Innocence Projects across the country have freed more than 250 wrongfully convicted inmates to date. The Ohio Innocence Project to date has helped 23 individuals obtain their long-sought freedom. Learn more about our significant cases.

Inmate Screening Application

An inmate requesting the assistance of the OIP should complete the Screening Application (pdf). The inmate must FULLY COMPLETE the form and submit it to the address on the form, otherwise it will be returned and no further action will be taken until returned complete. Print out a hard copy of the application, fill out in ink, and return it by mail if you would like the OIP to review your case.


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Past Events

  • November 17, 2015 – Cleveland Legal Aid Society Presentation: OIP attorney Brian Howe will be giving a presentation (CLE) to the Legal Aid Society in Cleveland discussing prisoner reintegration and post-release measures.
  • December 1, 2015 – 21st Annual Rescuers of Humanity Awards Dinner: The OIP will be honored at the 21st Annual Rescuer of Humanity Awards Dinner by Project Love, a Cleveland, OH based organization. For more information see Project Love.
  • February 26, 2015 – Godsey Presentation at Salmon P. Chase College of Law: Professor Mark Godsey will be presenting at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law’s Law Review live symposium. The event  commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona, the Supreme Court decision that created the “Miranda Right.”
  • April 8 – 9, 2016 Innocence Network Innocence Conference in San Antonio, Texas