The Innocence Project has been making waves in the media recently with their amazing work in exonerating and releasing innocent prisoners from jail. We were lucky enough to partner for a donation with them for their Fall Fundraiser for those in need.
The Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a founding member of the Innocence Network, a group of affiliated organizations dedicated to offering pro bono legal work to individuals seeking to prove their innocence in crimes for which they have been convicted. Not only does IPNO help exonerate those wrongfully convicted, but they continue supporting them in their life post-release.
We were told the story of Elvis Brooks, who was recently released after spending 42 years, 2 months and 27 days in prison for a crime he did not commit before being offered a plea deal by a district attorney. According to Charell Arnold, one of Mr. Brooks' attorneys at IPNO, "Mr. Brooks never sought a plea agreement. It is deeply unfair that an innocent man would be forced to choose between entering a plea to secure his immediate freedom and waiting years more in prison to prove his innocence through litigation."
It is our hope that our donations will be of service to Mr. Brooks and other innocent people looking to transition from prison to the outside world. Thank you, IPNO!