Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted

Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted

Highlights of the 11th

Annual Defenders of the Innocent Event

This year’s annual event was the most successful yet. There were over 500 guests including 21 exonerees from Illinois and surrounding states.  View our short video photo album.


Our 11 Exonerees and Releases

Since 2003 the Illinois Innocence Project has played a significant role in the exoneration of 11 innocent people. Bill Amor (pictured above left) is IIP’s most recent exoneree. Read the details of each of these remarkable individuals.

POLICE TRAINING INITIATIVE

Building Awareness of Wrongful Convictions

Professor Gwen Jordan
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

 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.

 LISTEN HERE

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

Find more details on the course