Support Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted in Kentucky

Johnetta Carr was just 16 years old when she was arrested for a Louisville murder and interrogated for hours without a parent or a lawyer. In 2008, after years in pre-trial detention, Johnetta took an Alford plea and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. She was pardoned by the governor in 2019, but hasn’t received a dime because Kentucky does not compensate wrongfully convicted people.

Johnetta’s case shows what Kentucky should do to address the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions. Kentucky is one of only 13 states without statutory compensation for innocent exonerees. Nor does Kentucky require video recording of custodial interrogations, unlike 29 states, DC, and the US Department of Justice.

The Kentucky Innocence Project needs your help to get justice for Johnetta and all Bluegrass State exonerees. If you want to help prevent wrongful convictions and compensate the innocent, please sign up to receive campaign updates and action alerts!


This campaign is in partnership with the Kentucky Innocence Project.

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