Arizona Cardinals Team Up with Local Innocence Organization

Arizona Cardinals Team Up with Local Innocence Organization
Arizona Cardinals give $31,000 to the Arizona Justice Project to assist the wrongly convicted and promote innocence reforms.

Phoenix, AZ – On June 17, 2019, the Arizona Cardinals announced a commitment of $31,000 to the Arizona Justice Project, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to seek justice for the innocent and wrongfully imprisoned in Arizona. This partnership came about through the efforts of the NFL Foundation’s Social Justice Initiative, which is an NFL player-led platform to identify meaningful ways to strengthen local communities and the greater society. Arizona Cardinals President, Michael Bidwill, sits on the joint player-owner committee focused on social justice initiatives.

The funds will be used to provide direct service to AJP clients as well as engaging community members across Arizona about the issue of wrongful convictions, what can be done to correct them, and how to prevent them from happening. Additionally, the funding will assist the Arizona Justice Project in making improvements on criminal justice reforms geared towards accuracy and transparency in Arizona.

“The AJP’s work impacts some of the most marginalized and forgotten people in our society. This grant is a fantastic opportunity to positively impact more lives and engage more community members on social justice issues,” says Lindsay Herf, Executive Director of the Arizona Justice Project.

The Arizona Justice Project was the 5th innocence organization in the United States, and today there are 55 innocence organizations throughout the country dedicated to exonerating the innocent. Over the last 20 years, with the help of hundreds of law students, volunteer lawyers, investigators and others, the Arizona Justice Project has reviewed thousands of claims, provided help to hundreds of individuals, and has been successful in bringing home 26 clients.

Visit the Arizona Justice Project website at

Movie Fundraising Event – 7/17/2019

Thank you to The Angels of Defense who are hosting a movie showing fundraiser for AJP!

Join The Angels of Defense and AJP for a viewing of Bryan Stevenson’s HBO documentary on Wednesday, July 17 at the Harkins Camelview Theatre (7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251) at 4:30pm. Light appetizers will be served around 4:30pm and there will be a cash bar before the film starts.

Tickets are $20. All proceeds will go to the Arizona Justice Project. View the event page for more details:

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. His work in representing individuals in the most dire situations in the criminal justice system is a testament to the hard work needed to shine a light on the truth and bring hope and forgiveness.

What better way to spend a hot summer night in AZ than hanging out with friends watching a movie, and donating to a good cause? Reserve your seat today!

Freedom Friday in Flagstaff – 7/12/2019

Freedom Friday is the Arizona Justice Project’s free, educational presentation series about the work of the Arizona Justice Project, the issue of wrongful convictions, and reforming the Arizona criminal justice system.

Beat the heat and get ready to learn about innocence issues in Arizona! You’re invited to join the Arizona Justice Project on Friday, July 12th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Coconino County Superior Court’s Jury Assembly Room.

Bring your lunch and join us over the lunch hour for a presentation about the Arizona Justice Project, our cases, and DNA evidence. This presentation is open to everyone interested in learning more about DNA evidence and the work of the Arizona Justice Project.

Follow this link to register: