Wrongful Conviction Internship

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Anthony Graves Foundation
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Posted: November 10 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 5 Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

Anthony Graves spent 18 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. In 2010, he was finally exonerated and set free. Soon after, he started The Anthony Graves Foundation with the mission of implementing preventive, substantive and collaborative community-based initiatives including: mentorship, community outreach, urgent medical care, and legal assistance.

AGF has developed innovative programs to create awareness about the need for criminal justice reform, and to initiate action towards those goals. The Humane Investigation Project was created specifically to help inmates in Texas who claim to be wrongfully convicted get justice.

Responsibilities

If accepted for this internship, you will be involved in the entire inmate case review process. Alongside HIP staff, you will assist in the following:

1) Initial Contact - HIP receives a letter asking for legal assistance with an innocence claim from the inmate, his family, his attorney, and/or other concerned parties. Then HIP sends a detailed questionnaire to the inmate, along with a request for their appeals documents.

2) Pre-Screening - HIP receives the questionnaire and appeals documents from the inmate, and determines if they have a credible claim of innocence

3) Screening Process - HIP does a comprehensive review of the case to determine further action (refer to a pro bono attorney, initiate an investigation, gather more information, or terminate the case)

4) Investigation - HIP staff will do an exhaustive factual investigation of the case including a review of all documents (legal, police, medical, etc.), locating and interviewing people related to the crime, formulate a cause for the wrongful conviction (false identification, police misconduct, junk science, new evidence, etc.), locate and preserve physical evidence, etc.

5) Final Determination - if the investigation yields actual evidence of innocence, we will work to find an attorney, law firm, or organization to represent the inmate in the post-conviction legal process.







Requirements

HIP is looking for smart, creative, and passionate people from all walks of life who are seeking a long-term opportunity that will directly help individuals who are wrongfully convicted of a crime. The ability to think quickly, critically, and outside-the-box is a must. This is a time-intensive internship that requires a commitment to see cases through to the end. Due to the severity of some o these crimes, this internship requires a sensitivity and compassion towards the offenders and the victims. While much of the casework can be done on your own, we ask that interns either live or find their own housing in the Houston metro area during the period of the internship.

Skills

Required - Analytical Writing, Proficient Typing Skills, Administrative Professionals, Speaking

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