Today is Giving Tuesday and we’re announcing a big opportunity to support the Innocence Project. All gifts by midnight tonight will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor — meaning your gift today will go twice as far to help us exonerate more innocent people and reform the criminal justice system in 2018.
For 25 years, the Innocence Project has been fueled by the support of a passionate community of people around the world. People who share our vision for using cutting-edge science to overturn wrongful convictions and to shed light on much-needed reforms in our criminal justice system. We’re humbled and inspired everyday by the outpouring of support from this community — and we couldn’t be more grateful.
There’s no question that the American criminal justice is in desperate need of reform. The causes of wrongful conviction are clear. Innocent people plead guilty every day to avoid long and costly legal battles to clear their names. People of color are more likely than others to be arrested, they’re detained longer before trial, and they’re more likely to be wrongfully convicted. The need for reform is acute, and our policy team will be fighting harder than ever next year — with plans to pursue major legislation in more than half of U.S. statehouses.
Our 25th year will soon come to a close, and we’re incredibly proud of our accomplishments. Just a few months ago, our client William Barnhouse walked out of an Indiana courthouse after 25 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He became the 350th person exonerated through DNA testing in American history, but he’s not the last.
We’re not done. We have hundreds of clients with cases on appeal. We have big plans to pursue sweeping reforms. And we need your help.
Will you give $50 today to help us free more innocent people next year? Your gift will be automatically doubled — only until midnight tonight (Tuesday).