The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. MAIP is a is a life-saving resource for many residents of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. MAIP fights injustice by bringing comprehensive legal assistance to regional residents facing wrongful convictions and incarceration. And to create a brighter, more just future for our region, MAIP directly engages our legal, judicial, and law enforcement leaders to educate them and the public of the problems that can lead to these wrongful convictions and incarcerations. To date, MAIP has secured the exoneration or release of 16 innocent men. These men spent a total of 234 years in prison—lost years with their children and families, and as active members of their communities—a massive injury to justice. JusticeAid is thrilled to pattern with MAIP on May 17th at the Lincoln Theatre.
In Louisiana and Mississippi, the two states with the highest incarceration rates in the world, Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a national leader in the fight for freedom. Their leadership and growth has made them the second-largest non-law school clinic, free-standing innocence project in the nation. They have an international reputation for winning exonerations, both in the minority of cases where DNA testing can prove innocence and in more difficult cases where DNA does not exist or has been destroyed.
As of March 2015, IPNO has won the freedom or exoneration of 25 innocent men who collectively served 525 years behind bars before IPNO cleared their name. IPNO also fights for a better legal justice system for our nation by working to educate our leaders and reform laws to prevent future injustices. Read more about IPNO’s record of success fighting injustice at:
Kia Stewart, 27, speaks to the press after walking out of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse a free man after he spent nearly 10 years of a life sentence behind bars. Click here to watch video.