Our abortion conversation meandered toward the end of the comment thread, and I had reason to bring up The Innocence Project.
These marvelous attorneys came together in 1992 to challenge the wrongful convictions of many people in prison in the U.S. They have made particularly good use of DNA evidence to free the incarcerated, even from death row. They have saved the lives of many, and redeemed others -- and in many cases, brought the real criminals to justice.
The Innocence Project has highlighted many of the failings in our criminal justice system, including evidence tampering, prosecutorial and police misconduct, forced confessions, and the unreliability of eye-witness testimony. It also advocates that states to provide financial compensation for those freed from prison after their convictions have been overturned.
More than 200 wrongfully-convicted people have been freed through its efforts.
I can think of no other philanthropic organization that does work as holy as The Innocence Project.