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The New Mexico Innocence and Justice Project is doing important work to ensure that justice is done in our state, and that our U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions are fully applied and enforced for all persons.
The Barbara Bergman Fund
Established by friends of Professor Bergman to honor:
- Her outstanding service to legal education in New Mexico
- The practice-ready development of law students' skills
- Her Innocence and Justice Project work in our state
The Fund will be used to ensure that justice is done in New Mexico for persons wrongfully imprisoned by enforcing the provisions of the U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions in habeas corpus actions for cases deemed meritorious after in-depth investigation.
The Fund will do this by providing assistance to prisoners who assert their innocence in the more than 180 cases in which DNA evidence does not exist, either because it has been destroyed, or was not taken initially. Investigation costs alone for these cases will exceed $180,000.