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Looking to help?

We appreciate your interest in helping IPNO. While we aren’t always able to accept offers from people looking to work in our office, there are many other ways to support us and help spread the word about our work.

Things you can do right now:

Write or Call Your Elected Officials

We encourage you to contact your elected officials to ask them to support simple reforms to the criminal justice system and law enforcement practices that make it easier to identify the innocent in prison and that have been proven to help prevent wrongful convictions.  

You can find information about the causes and cures of wrongful convictions here that will help you communicate with your elected officials about the simple fixes that policy makers can support to prevent wrongful convictions. To find e-mails, addresses and phone numbers of your elected officials click here.

Write a Letter to the Editor     

You can write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and express your opinion about criminal justice issues that are being covered (or are noticeably absent). Your letter might very well be printed in the "Letters to the Editor" section, which is the second-most read feature in a newspaper. For tips, click here.

To submit a letter to the Times Picayune/nola.com keep it under 200 words and send to opedpage@nola.com.

To submit a letter to The Advocate keep it under 450 words and send to support@theadvocate.com.

To submit a letter to the Clarion-Ledger keep it under 200 words and send it here.

If you get published, please let us know!

Add IPNO to Your E-mail Signature

With a couple of mouse clicks, you can support IPNO each time you send an e-mail. By adding a mention of us in your signature line, you will encourage your friends and families to get better informed on the causes of wrongful conviction and what can be done to prevent them every time you send an email. To see samples, click here.

Sign up for our alerts and publications    

IPNO produces a semi-annual newsletter full of information. We also occasionally send out requests for help, such as joining us in Baton Rouge during the legislative session to weigh in on a particular bill or tabling at an upcoming concert of a supportive musician. To sign up to receive this information, click here.   

Angola Prision