TEEP was organized in 2011, for individuals that were incarcerated and maintained their innocence. We wanted to provide a way for their legal defense and free them from the bonds of justice. TEEP provides consulting and implementation strategies for innocent cases, filings of petitions, appeals and certificates of innocence.We have excellent legal staff and work with other organizations who have similar missions. TEEP's staff and volunteers give 150% of their skills and expertise to be a viable entity bringing about change in the City of Chicago and contingent communities. We are moving in the right direction and making an impeccable impact, one life at a time.We fully expect to see change in the justice system based on positive results.
Our target population is low income African Americans and Latinos that have been wrongfully accused. The clients are mainly already incarcerated, have gone through trials and appeals or are presently in need of counsel for the issues. Due to their economic status they are unable to afford legal counsel.
We receive so many letters from inmates requesting help writing appeals, medical records, reviewing case law, etc. We attempt to help all of those that we can but we are always looking for those who have time and energy to volunteer and who have information on grants which are supportive.
Something you should know
In the U.S., there have been 1467 exonerations, 321 of them involving DNA testing that was not available at the time of the crime. 70% of prisoners who were exonerated by DNA testing are people of color. The average length of sentence time served by those eventually exonerated because of DNA test is 13.6 years. The total number of years served by all DNA exonerates is 4,156 years. The first DNA exoneration case involved Gary Dotson and took place in 1989 in Chicago. If given enough time, at least 1 in 25 people would be exonerated from death row.
35% of exonerations are due to mistaken witness ID
56% of exonerations are due to perjury/false accusations
13% of exonerations are due to false confession
22% of exonerations are due to false or misleading forensic evidence
46% of exonerations are due to official misconduct
(Statistics provided by The National Registry of Exonerations)
OVERVIEW OF PROJECT
We believe that when communities have the correct information in handling situations involving the police and other authorities, when there is respect for the communities by the police and when people know where to go for assistance and when that assistance is available, society benefits.
For those who are at different stages of litigation, we will assist through correspondence with various agencies to obtain medical examinations, expert witnesses for trial, providing legal assistance through litigation, hiring investigators and any other assistance will be provided.