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Screening the Request

When NCIP receives an inmate request letter, the office manager logs it into NCIP’s case management database and sends it to NCIP’s intake attorney for initial screening and review. Depending on whether the claim meets NCIP’s case criteria, the intake attorney will either: (1) send the inmate a questionnaire requesting additional case information and copies of relevant documents, (2) refer the case to a more appropriate outside program/lawyer, or (3) reject the case. NCIP rejects approximately 60% of the requests for assistance at this initial stage of review either because actual innocence cannot be demonstrated or the request fails to meet NCIP’s case criteria.