Now, as a result of the Vega case, there's that new, vague requirement of "affirmative evidence" of your innocence.
"That has a huge effect on our work," warns McGraw.
Those earlier Innocence Project success stories involving Tillman, Roman and Ireland were all the result of the use of DNA tests to prove those dudes were innocent of the rape-murders that sent them to prison.
Right now, the project and the Chief States Attorney's Office and the Connecticut Forensics Lab are using a $1 million grant to go back and review DNA evidence in all potentially suspect cases to see if other mistakes were made.
McGraw says those DNA cases are easy compared to the "vast majority" of convictions where there are questions about whether a verdict was correct.
There was no DNA evidence in the Vega case that could be used to prove Taylor and Gould were innocent. That sort of more ambiguous situation is what the Innocence Project is generally up against, often involving suspect witness testimony or circumstantial evidence.
Right now, the project's lawyers are reviewing more than 100 cases of possible wrongful conviction.
McGraw says she can't talk about the details of the cases under review, but did say there appear to be several "that contain serious issues of the integrity of the verdict."
McGraw says her outfit doesn't have any plans at the moment to seek new legislation in Connecticut, similar to what states like Utah have passed, that would make it easier to get bad convictions overturned.
Part of the problem, according to McGraw, is that a lot of people think the judicial system is being clogged up with frivolous claims by inmates that they've been railroaded into prison. "There's a perception, real or not, that the process is being abused," she says.
Meanwhile, locked up somewhere in the Connecticut prison system for crimes they never committed, there are almost certainly more Tillmans, Romans and Irelands who should be freed.