Descriptions for the various committees have not all been written, but we still place them before you to help you think through how you may help. We know looking them over will stimulate your imagination.
The work of investigating a case is at the heart of PI. When there is no DNA evidence, often the number one priority is to discover new evidence of innocence or of someone else having committed the crime. Do we need professionals? Yes. Do we need people with no previous experience, but are willing to learn? Yes, yes! Sometimes professional expertise is needed. Other times, it is a matter of finding someone to do it, and their background makes little difference. Currently our focus is mainly on Michigan, but we are not restricted to it and some work can be done via technology by people from any location.
As an emerging organization, it is very important that we have a responsible person who can field interest by volunteers and successfully plug them in. We need someone who will focus in solely on the job of knowing who has volunteered for what and making that knowledge available to the rest of the team.
Through registration, our website database will be our primary tool and repository for this information. Occasional local meetings where people can come to see what possible opportunities there are is also on the horizon.
We are looking for people who would be willing to take a particular area, research it and write about it! By keeping your area focused, you can keep practical boundaries on your time as a volunteer. Some of the writing focuses we have identified are: keeping articles on a specific case current, following legislation affecting wrongful convictions and exonerees.
We want to reach people with today's technology. To date, virtually all of our technical development has been volunteered by people who have "day jobs". We welcome your help.
Our site is built on Joomla, an open source (mostly free) system that non-programmers can learn. This is the first website I have ever put up, so I'd say that is proof! I'm also quite willing to work with those who want to learn.
We believe more people would be concerned about this issue if they knew more about it. We have sketched out some information under our menu item The Problem. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, but we do want to provide enquirers with resources on our site and links to other sites that will help them form a basic understanding of the problem.
This committee will be charged with examining and implementing strategies for helping exonerees make the transition back to life without bars. This effort will include the development of a PI Navigator program that provides mentoring as well as helps connect exonerees to appropriate social and employment services.