Illinois Innocence Project
- To evaluate and investigate cases for credible claims of an Illinois inmate’s actual innocence, and, when appropriate, provide legal representation and/or other assistance toward proving the inmate’s actual innocence;
- To encourage meaningful reforms toward preventing the conviction of innocent persons in the future;
- To educate the public and provide important educational and experiential opportunities for students about wrongful convictions.
Support the Illinois Innocence Project
UIS launches a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Exploring the Innocence Movement
Here’s your chance to learn about the Innocence Movement and wrongful convictions. UIS is launching a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), taught by our own staff attorney and Legal Studies professor, Gwen Jordan! This six-week course begins February 2, 2015 and is open to anyone. Click here to enroll: http://uis.coursesites.com
More details on the course in the link below.
Defenders of the Innocent Event 2015
Wednesday, April 8
Incredibly successful event!
Watch our Annual Defenders of the Innocent event celebrating eye-witness identification reform in Illinois and featuring Jennifer Thompson and Exoneree Ronald Cotton.
An event is one thing … but our ongoing fight for the FREEDOM of innocent men and women is our priority. Please – donate to the Illinois Innocence Project Fund to help people like Angel Gonzalez, who wouldn’t be here RIGHT NOW without the innocence movement!!
Click Here to
March 9, 2015
Angel Gonzalez was exonerated after 21 years in prison
For 21 years Angel fought to prove his innocence, after a 1994 conviction put him in prison for a 55-year sentence. He was convicted based on eyewitness identification and a coerced confession, yet no evidence linked him to the crime. Finally, DNA tests just two weeks ago conclusively proved he was not one of the two rapists in the case.
On March 10, Angel Gonzalez walked out of Dixon a free and fully exonerated man.
Angel’s exoneration and release, in collaboration with the Innocence Project, are extraordinary achievements for the Illinois Innocence Project, closely following our client Christopher Abernathy’s exoneration.