This month's newsletter is chock full of new developments, Charles, with innocence news from across the country!
Innocence Project

Last Chance to Give in 2015

Make a 100% tax-deductible year-end gift by 12/31 and your gift will be matched!
Maddy deLone Profiled in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Magazine
Executive Director Maddy deLone was featured in Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Magazine on her career in helping the wrongfully convicted. Check it out.

Send Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the New Year to Our Clients!

Angel Gonzalez, Lewis Fogle, Steven Mark Chaney, Everton Wagstaffe, Reginald Connor and Raymond Tempest are all home for the holidays -- help them ring in the new year!
Barry Scheck on msnbc
Innocence Project Co-Founder and Co-Director Barry Scheck discussed America's changing relationship with the death penalty alongside Sister Helen Prejean on msnbc's Up, watch

What You're Saying

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Daryl E Dwyer: "It fills my heart with joy to see Innocence Project's work! Those who have been freed at last have my congratulations, and my sympathy for all they suffered. I hope you find contentment for the rest of your lives!"

Lisa Penninger Johnson (In response to the passing of Billy Glaze): "Everybody's worst nightmare - to be convicted of something you did not do and die in prison."

Mourning Loss of Our Client Billy Glaze
Billy Glaze passed away on Dec. 22 in a Delaware prison – his home for nearly three decades – awaiting a decision on his request to overturn his 1989 convictions for the the murders of three Native American women in Minneapolis based upon new evidence that demonstrated his innocence. He was 72 years old. Read more.

2015: Celebrating Major Moments in Innocence and Criminal Justice Reform 

With 2015 coming to a close, we want to celebrate major moments in exonerations and criminal justice reform this year. Take a look at the highlights, (Photo by Zoran Orlic) 

Meet Staff Attorney Karen Thompson, the Lawyer who Helped Exonerate Lewis Fogle

As told by the Pittsburgh Postā€Gazette, there are three people who were key to Fogle’s redemptive day in court, the first being Karen Thompson, the staff attorney at the Innocence project who started working on his  case back in 2012. It was Thompson and her move to conduct a “deep dive” for evidence which uncovered previously items not tested for DNA. Read more. (Photo by Michael A. Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Retired Police Chief and IP Board Member: Why I Give

Darrel Stephens
Retired Police Chief, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina
Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association 
Innocence Project Board Member

I first learned about the Innocence Project when I was appointed to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission in 2002 by the state Supreme Court chief justice. I served on that commission until 2006, when I came to the Major Cities Chiefs Association and was later invited by Innocence Project Executive Director Maddy deLone and Board Chair Rodney Ellis to serve on the Innocence Project Board of Directors. 

Through my work for the Innocence Inquiry Commission and later the Innocence Project, I came to understand the challenges and contributing causes of wrongful convictions. As a former police chief I did a lot of work promoting best practices for eyewitness identification and evidence preservation, encouraging police departments across the country to adopt policies that help avoid wrongful convictions.  

People choose to donate to particular causes for many different reasons but the Innocence Project goes right to the heart of the problems with our criminal justice system. Years ago the issue of wrongful convictions was practically unheard of, and now there is a strong public about the causes and effects. Contributions to the Innocence Project directly help correct terrible miscarriages of justice and help change the system in a way that the promise of justice becomes a reality.

Happy New Year from Exoneree Everton Wagstaffe 

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