Illinois Innocence Project

Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted

Defenders of the Innocent Event


The Illinois Innocence Project celebrates 15 years of working for the wrongfully convicted.

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  • The Illinois Innocence Project is celebrating15 years of freeing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois; reforming the criminal justice system; and educating the next generation of justice advocates.
  • The guest speaker is Kirk Bloodsworth who fought for his life and became the first death row inmate exonerated by DNA.
  •  IIP’s most recent exoneree, Teshome Campbell, freed from prison on January 29, 2016 is also speaking.
  • Exonerees of IIP and other innocence projects will be present to share their stories.
  • You can help freeing the wrongfully convicted by supporting and donating to the Illinois Innocence Project.

Read Kirk’s amazing story


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Illinois Innocence Project Welcomes New Attorneys








The Illinois Innocence Project is thrilled to announce that Lauren Myerscough-Mueller and Adam Kaney have joined the IIP team of attorneys. Lauren and Adam will be handling actual innocence DNA cases under our federal grant focusing on Latino and guilty plea cases. They bring tremendous passion to their work, as well as critical experience as defense attorneys in private practice and public service. Join us in welcoming Lauren and Adam to the Illinois Innocence Project.

9th Exoneration  –  January 29, 2016

Teshome Campbell was exonerated after spending 18 years in prison

TC ReleaseOn Christmas morning 1997, a group of men fatally beat another man in Champaign, IL. Teshome, who was 21 at the time, was implicated through faulty eyewitness testimony. Despite maintaining his innocence from day one, and the fact that no physical evidence linked him to the crime, Teshome was tried for first-degree murder.

His story continues….


Exploring the Innocence Movement

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

GwenJordan_003Here’s your chance to learn about the Innocence Movement and wrongful convictions. UIS sponsors a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), taught by our own staff attorney and Legal Studies professor, Gwen Jordan! It features interviews with exonerees, innocence attorneys, student interns, and community volunteers. The course is self-paced and open to anyone. Enroll in the course today

Find more details on the course