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From the Executive Director: Time for Change

We are marking the 10th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project this year. Wow, have we come a long way! In that time, we have grown from 2 paid staff […]

Governor Wolf Signs Innocence Legislation Into Law!!

Governor Wolf Signs Innocence Legislation Into Law!!

WE DID IT! Thanks to you – your phone calls, your tweets, your emails – Pennsylvania’s convicted innocent have new hope. Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that […]

Larry Trent Roberts’ Retrial to Move Forward Despite Prosecution Appeal

Larry Trent Roberts’ Retrial to Move Forward Despite Prosecution Appeal

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld the decision that Pennsylvania Innocence Project client Larry Trent Roberts is entitled to a new trial. Roberts was originally granted a retrial in his […]

Jim Fogle Celebrates Three Years of Freedom

Jim Fogle Celebrates Three Years of Freedom

Jim Fogle Celebrates Three Years of Freedom After Serving 34 for a Crime He Didn’t Commit Today marks three years since exoneree Lewis “Jim” Fogle had his indictment formally overturned […]

Executive Director Search!

After ten years of leading us, first as our Legal Director and then as our Executive Director, Marissa Bluestine will be leaving the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at the end of […]

The Innocence Network’s Partnership with NBA Cares!

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, the Innocence Project and Innocence Network Partners have helped exonerate 513 people worldwide. We are happy to announce a collaboration with the innocence movement, NBA Voices […]

Celebrating Exoneration Anniversaries

On this Independence Day, we celebrated the one-year exoneration anniversaries of Lorenzo Johnson and Marshall Hale, who both spent several decades wrongfully imprisoned. Lorenzo and Marshall both secured freedom in […]

Veteran journalist and innocence fighter Bill Moushey launches podcast!

One of our most tenacious state journalists, Bill Moushey, has launched a podcast – Win At All Costs. Here, Bill will talk about some of the many cases he has […]

FREE!! All charges withdrawn against Dontia Patterson – 11 years, 20 days after his wrongful arrest

MAY 15, 2018:  Today, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office moved to withdraw all charges against Dontia Patterson – after he served over a decade in prison for a crime he […]

Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s Statement on Receiving Hero of Justice Award from PA Innocence Project

Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s Statement on Receiving Hero of Justice Award from PA Innocence Project On Wednesday, May 9th, I was presented the Hero of Justice Award from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  […]

Does Philadelphia Harbor a “Cluster of Wrongful Convictions”?

There is, by now, no question that innocent people confess to crimes they did not commit. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, approximately 23% of people convicted of murders […]

Board member featured on ‘New Yorker Radio Hour’ to discuss exoneration case

A recent episode of the the podcast, “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” examines the case of an exoneree named John Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted of two crimes he didn’t […]

John Thompson, American hero – Dies at 55

John Thompson survived 14 years on death row, serving a sentence for a crime he had nothing to do with. Upon his exoneration, he tried to hold those who tried […]

HOME!! Shaurn Thomas released after 24 years in prison.

On May 23, 2017, a jubilant Shaurn Thomas walked out of SCI-Frackville, having served 24 years of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. The Pennsylvania Innocence Project […]

HOME For the Holidays! All Charges Withdrawn Against Donte Rollins

Yesterday, 9 years and 17 days after he was convicted of a crime he had nothing to do with, Donte Rollins walked free. In a stunning turn of events, the […]

Tyrone Jones RELEASED After 43 Years in Prison!

For over 40 years Tyrone Jones has been in prison, convicted of setting a murder he did not commit. While Mr. Jones has yet to be exonerated of the crime, he […]

Crystal Weimer is Finally Fully Free – 11 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

UNIONTOWN, PA: On Monday June 27, 2016, all charges against Crystal Weimer were finally dismissed with prejudice. Crystal has been home since October, 2015, when her conviction was vacated after […]

Long-held beliefs about arson science have been debunked after decades of misuse

The December cover story in the American Bar Association Journal on junk fire science features two cases in which the Pennsylvania Innocence Project has been closely involved: Han Tak Lee […]

ABC27: Attorney: Man freed in ’79 murder, arson that wasn’t

A central Pennsylvania man who spent nearly 36 years in prison for the murder of his 16-year-old son has been freed from prison, according to his attorney. James Hugney Sr., […]

FOX23: Man serves 24 years in Pennsylvania prison for crime he didn’t commit

A former New York businessman walked out of a Pennsylvania prison today as a free man after spending 24 years of his life behind bars. 79-year-old Han Tak Lee was […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Ramsey orders changes on interrogations, holding suspects

Beginning next year, Philadelphia detectives must video-record interrogations in all homicide cases and end a long-standing practice of holding suspects for long stretches even when no charges are filed. That […]

Eugene Gilyard is Home!

Last Friday, after a whirlwind week, Eugene Gilyard came home to his family after over 15 years. The homecoming was an emotional high point after years of battling to prove […]

CBS Philly: Philly Murder Case Reversals Bring Call For Review

A city judge ruled last year that Philadelphia prosecutors had “sanitized” evidence that led to a 1986 death sentence. This summer, a federal judge said “shaky eyewitness identifications” had condemned […]

Holding Prosecutors Accountable in Wrongful Convictions

The story is all too familiar. Michael Morton, a Texas father, served almost 24 years in prison for a crime–a brutal murder of his beloved wife–that he did not commit. […]