Seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted

Together We Can Free the Next Innocent Person!

Thanks to the support of people like you, the Illinois Innocence Project has exonerated ELEVEN innocent people who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

Now we’re fighting for justice for the next wrongfully imprisoned person! And together we can do it. Join us in this fight by giving a gift to the Project. Help us cover the tremendous costs of doing this work!

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.

Our October Bulletin

This month’s bulletin features International Wrongful Conviction Day which took place on October 2.  Also featured are profiles of two of our IIP student volunteers, Aaliyah Williams  and Sophia Ortega. For updates on the project, please sign-up to receive the IIP Bulletin.


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

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


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.