CPCS Innocence Program

Fighting wrongful convictions across Massachusetts

The CPCS Innocence Program is devoted to identifying and fighting wrongful convictions across the state. Our staff and panel attorneys represent indigent state defendants who have been convicted and punished for crimes they did not commit. We accept both DNA and non-DNA based innocence claims, with special attention to cases involving eyewitness identification evidence, flawed or invalidated forensic science testimony, and false confessions.

The Innocence Program is part of the CPCS Private Counsel Division Criminal Appeals Unit, and is located in the CPCS Somerville office. We also regularly partner with the New England Innocence Project and the Boston College Innocence Program, and we belong to the national Innocence Network.

Request our help

We accept applications either directly from indigent Massachusetts state defendants or through their current or former attorneys. Completed questionnaires may be submitted either by mail or e-mail to the Innocence Program office. Here are the links to ask for our help:

Learn more about our clients, our partnerships, and our work

Interested in learning more about our work? Click here to read more about our clients and the many attorneys and partners who have helped their fight against wrongful convictions. You can also read about our highlights from 2016 here.

Explore our training resources

One way that we support innocence work in Massachusetts is by holding trainings for attorneys and members of the public on the causes of wrongful convictions and tools to fight those convictions.

  • Click here to learn more about the causes of wrongful convictions.
  • Click here for recent legal developments and training documents.

For more information about using or challenging forensics in criminal cases, visit CPCS’s Forensic Services Unit. This specialized unit assists public and private counsel attorneys with the forensic aspects of their appointed cases by providing advice and assistance in using a forensic expert, and supplying training and other resources in the various forensic disciplines.

Meet our partners

Questions? Want to get involved?

If you are interested in finding out more information about our application process, want to request assistance on a case, or want to volunteer/intern with our office, please contact us! Program Personnel & Office Contact Information


The CPCS Innocence Program is supported by Grant Nos. 2014-DY-BX-K003 and 2017-DY-BX-001 awarded by the National Institute for Justice, and by Grant No. 2015-4098 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.  The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Program, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.