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 10 innocent people.

A Short Video of Their Stories


These are Successes

Bill Amor

Served 22 years

Released February 21, 2018

His Story

charles-plalmer-2-wpCharles Palmer

Served 18 years

Released November 23, 2016

His Story

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