Illinois Innocence Project

Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted


10th Exoneration! – November 23, 2016

Some moments from Charles’ big day!

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[His Story]




Most exonerees spend years in prison only to return to society without any resources.  Some justice systems have laws that allow for compensation and resources for wrongful convictions.  Others require exonerees to file complicated claims in a long, drawn out process that takes years.  All exonerees deserve fair compensation, services like education and job training, and an apology from the state.

Illinois Innocence Project, Executive Director, John Hanlon was interviewed on NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS about exoneree compensation and the problems faced by recent IIP exoneree, Angel Gonzalez.

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Building Awareness of Wrongful Convictions

Professor Gwen Jordan addresses officer recruits at the Police Training Institute at UIUC

At the invitation of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, the Illinois Innocence Project has presented programs to officer recruits. Over two years in the planning, these optional sessions have been well received and attended by a majority of the cadets. [More about the Initiative]

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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

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