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Innocence Project Gears up to Launch New Guilty Plea Campaign

By Innocence Staff

Rodney Roberts, Chris Ochoa, Brian Banks and Ada JoAnn Taylor share their guilty plea stories on guiltypleaproblem.org

Innocent people are pleading guilty to crimes they did not commit. Nearly 10% of the nation’s 347 DNA exonerations were innocent people who entered guilty pleas, and these no doubt represent just a small fraction of the innocent people who have pleaded guilty. There’s no telling how many more innocents who entered guilty pleas remain behind bars.

America’s guilty plea problem is absolutely critical to the work that we do every day, and we are committed more than ever to fixing it.

Join us on January 23rd for our release of a new website about the guilty plea problem in America – telling the stories of exonerees who faced this issue and how it changed the lives of them and their loved ones.

By bringing attention to the plea problem, we hope to promote a solid and widespread understanding of the issue that will propel forward effective nationwide solutions.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch special updates and sneak previews we’ll be sharing of more stories, facts, and information about the campaign as we approach its launch.

And most importantly, help us tell these stories that need to be heard. Visit the campaign preview page, and share it with your friends and colleagues. Let’s work to end the guilty plea problem in America together.

3 Comments

  1. Tanya Mullins

    I too am a person who plead guilty to a crime I did not commit. Not only this, but my “victims” were subjected to questionable interviewing by the police and psycologists. I have no avenues open to correct this, and my life, after 16 years in prison, remains a living hell. I have moved on to some extent, but because of my guilty plea more than 20 years ago, it is now affecting the life of my husband and young daughter. If there is any legal way to revisit my case, and remove this stain on my family’s life, I would love to hear about it. Thank you.

  2. Tavosky Foreman

    I think this is a huge step in the right direction, for people that get railroaded by the system. I was one of the peolple. I have not been exonerated, justice was not served. It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with confessing to a crime that I did not commit, call it cognitive dissonance or what have you. I’m glad that someone is taking a stand and maybe there can be healing. Thank you.

  3. National Call to Action , Native American Nations Council (NANC) asking all Advocates to join partners in Launching SA “Guilty Plea National Campaign” with The innocence Project, The ESP Project, Veterans for Educational Reform, Veterans for Peace. A Fathers Initiative, TFIY, The Advocates Social Services, Making Change A Veterans Campaign. On March 26, 2017.

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