Exonerees/Releasees

Illinois has consistently been one of the top two states with the most exonerations. People who are not on death row get no immediate help from the state once they have lost their first direct appeal. For the wrongfully convicted, how can they prove their innocence when they are behind bars?

They need help in developing evidence for their petitions for post-conviction relief, which is their first opportunity to challenge their conviction, based on actual innocence. Our cases typically do not turn on DNA evidence. Instead, we look at factors such as eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, ineffective counsel, unreliable forensic evidence and/or misconduct by prosecutors or police. We provide our services at no cost, in conjunction with the inmate’s private attorney.

These are Successes

TESHOME 1PTeshome Campbell

Served 18 years

Released January 29, 2016

ANGEL 1PAngel Gonzalez

Served 21 years

Released March 11, 2015

CHRISTOPHER 1PChristopher Abernathy

Served 30 years

Released February 11, 2015

PEGGY JO 1PPeggy Jo Jackson

Served 25 years

Released March 29, 2013

ANTHONY 1PAnthony Murray 

Served 14 years

Released October 30, 2012

JOHN 1PJonathon Moore 

Served 10 Years

Released March 6, 2012

HERB 1PHerb Whitlock 

Served 21 years

Released January 8, 2008

JULIE 1PJulie Rea 

Served 4 years

Released July 26, 2006


KEITH 3Keith Harris

Served 22 years

Released June 24, 2003