Application process

Wrongly convicted individuals can apply for assistance by submitting a completed application.  The application can be found here.  If you are a friend, family, or loved one of an innocent incarcerated individual, please have the incarcerated individual complete the application, sign the authorization page, and submit it to our office by mail (6549 Mission Gorge Road, #379, San Diego, CA 92120).  We do NOT accept applications in person.

Note: the application is available in all California prisons by accessing the ARCAID computer system, available in the law libraries as well as the kiosks within the cell blocks.  


  • Convicted in Southern California (we will review cases from Northern California if the Northern California Innocence Project has a conflict).
  • Claiming factual innocence.
  • Currently Incarcerated (or subject to lifetime registration). 

Additional Information

Following the submission of an application, The Innocence Center (TIC) partners with a pro bono law firm to review the application.  The firm collects all the legal documents and case file and summarizes the case for TIC.  If the case warrants additional investigation and/or litigation, TIC will accept the case and notify the prospective client.  If not, TIC will notify the prospective client that their case has not been accepted.

Note: due to our limited resources and small staff, TIC will NOT provide updates during the review process.  Given the high demand for assistance, the review process may take a significant amount of time.  We thank you for your patience.