Presumption of Innocence Program

There is a growing belief that the presumption of innocence is in danger of becoming an “endangered species” in the American legal system. In his essay Innocent Until Proven Guilty: The Origin of a Legal MaximKenneth Pennington referred to the current state of the presumption of innocence as “a notion, an assumption, with very little content.” And according to a CPI public opinion poll, 66.8% of respondents think the presumption of innocence is becoming lost in our nation’s legal system.

The CPI Presumption of Innocence Program, to be unveiled on January 3, 2017, has four objectives:

  1. Promote scholarship and research on the presumption of innocence
  2. Foster greater curricular attention to the presumption of innocence in schools of law
  3. Encourage policy changes that enhance the presumption of innocence
  4. Enhance public awareness about the importance of the presumption of innocence

The Program offers a number of resources:

For more information, contact: info(at)prosecutorintegrity.org