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Nina Thacker

  • Hosted by New England Innocence Project
  • Sponsored by The Vertex Foundation
  • Service location New Hampshire
  • Law school Northeastern University School of Law
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Nina (she/her/hers) will focus on freeing wrongfully convicted people in New Hampshire, raising awareness about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions, and effecting systemic change to reduce the likelihood of future injustices.

Of nearly 3,500 exonerations in the United States since 1989, only three have come out of New Hampshire. New Hampshire has no infrastructure in place to identify, correct, and prevent wrongful convictions, and avenues for post-conviction relief in the state are few and narrowly constricted. This not only impacts wrongfully convicted people currently incarcerated in New Hampshire—along with their families and communities—but it also affects everyone who cycles through the New Hampshire criminal legal system in the future.

Fellowship Plans

To further develop a wrongful conviction practice in New Hampshire, Nina will engage in three primary areas: litigation, education, and policy advocacy. Nina will review, investigate, and litigate wrongful conviction claims in New Hampshire, collaborating with partners that include lawyers, experts, and investigators. She will also develop resources and trainings on wrongful convictions to deliver to the New Hampshire legal community. Finally, Nina will work with policy experts to advocate for new laws in New Hampshire that expand avenues for post-conviction relief.

I am so grateful to work with a community that values and fights for freedom. I see wrongful conviction work as one piece of a broader movement towards abolition and reimagining how we prevent and respond to harm.

Nina Thacker /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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