Illinois Innocence Project
Illinois Innocence Project
10th Annual Defenders of the Innocent Event
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL
“Central Park Five” Exoneree Yusef Salaam
Yusef Salaam was just 15 when he and four other black and Latino teenagers, who became known as the “Central Park Five,” were wrongly imprisoned for the brutal rape and beating of a white woman left for dead in Central Park. Yusef’s mother, Sharonne Salaam, fought tirelessly to prove the innocence of her son and the other boys until they were fully exonerated by DNA 13 years later.
IIP FEBRUARY BULLETIN IS AVAILABLE
10th Exoneration – November 24, 2016
The Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) is very pleased to announce that our client Charles Palmer was exonerated and freed on Wednesday November 23, 2016, after 18 years of incarceration for a murder that DNA proved he did not commit. The case involved the 1998 murder of a man in Decatur IL. The victim had expired with an unknown person’s tissue under his fingernails, and another person’s hair in his hand, both of which went untested prior to trial…
9th Exoneration – January 29, 2016
On 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.At trial, the state’s evidence included testimony from two co-defendants who were charged in the same case and…
POLICE TRAINING INITIATIVE
Building Awareness of Wrongful Convictions
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]
COMPENSATION + COMPASSION
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.
Exploring the Innocence Movement
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Here’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