Exonerees and 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?

EXONEREE STORIESSince 2003 the Illinois Innocence Project has played a significant role in the exoneration of 9 innocent people.

[A Short Video of Their Stories]

These are Successes

TESHOME 1PTeshome Campbell

Served 18 years

Released January 29, 2016

[His Story]

ANGEL 1PAngel Gonzalez

Served 21 years

Released March 11, 2015

[His Story]

CHRISTOPHER 1PChristopher Abernathy

Served 30 years

Released February 11, 2015

[His Story]

PEGGY JO 1PPeggy Jo Jackson

Served 25 years

Released March 29, 2013

[Her Story]

ANTHONY 1PAnthony Murray 

Served 14 years

Released October 30, 2012

[His Story]

JOHN 1PJonathon Moore 

Served 10 Years

Released March 6, 2012

[His Story]

HERB 1PHerb Whitlock

Served 21 years

Released January 8, 2008

[His Story]

JULIE 1PJulie Rea

Served 4 years

Released July 26, 2006

[Her Story]

KEITH 3Keith Harris

Served 22 years

Released June 24, 2003

[His Story]