Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted
How IIP Students Help the Innocent
Students, undergrads and graduates at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), have played a key role in the Project’s 11 exonerations of wrongfully convicted, innocent people. The Project is a great source of pride for UIS because it transforms lives and contributes so powerfully to our state’s public good. But the Project also transforms the lives of our students, like Jayde Schlesinger, who work with the Project. Read more …
Illinois Innocence Project backs
jailhouse informant reform
John Hanlon, IIP Legal and Executive Director, recently appeared on WCIA’s Capitol Connections to address Governor Rauner’s veto of legislation that would regulate prosecutors use of jailhouse informants in Illinois. IIP has been working on this bill for 2 years now. It passed through the Illinois Senate with NO opposition in 2017, and passed through the IL House in 2018 with bipartisan support. The bill then went to the Gov’s desk on May 23, 2018, prior to its July 20 veto. There was a veto-proof majority in both the Senate and House, but it is somewhat of a close call in the House.
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
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
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.