Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 40 innocent people and 9 people who were unjustly sentenced.

IPNO frees innocent people sentenced to life in prison and those serving unjust sentences. We recognize the root causes of wrongful convictions and unjust sentences as systemic racism and inequities. We work to expose and address these root causes by sharing our clients’ stories in court, the legislature, the community and the media. We support our clients living well and fully in the world after their release.

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Mistaken identifications are a leading factor in wrongful convictions.


of the 551 DNA exonerations in the United States involved mistaken eyewitness

out of 22

Louisiana DNA exonerations involved mistaken eyewitness identifications.  Two of these men were sentenced to death.


non-DNA Louisiana exonerations, innocent men were sentenced to life in prison
due to mistaken eyewitness identifications.

Thirteen minutes of deliberations by a jury. Guilty as charged, based solely on the unsubstantiated and uncorroborated testimony of one witness who didn’t see the actual shooting. Me and my codefendant had our freedom taken away on that. We were sentenced to spend the balance of our natural lives at hard labor in custody of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. There was a lot of hand-shaking going on among the prosecutors. My mom was in tears.

–Gregory Bright
Exonerated: June 24, 2003  in Louisiana

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Man freed after 12 years in prison for a New Orleans murder he didn’t commit | WWLTV

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Men who served decades in prison win freedom after St. Bernard DA agrees they were wrongly convicted | Advocate (New Orleans)

By Matt Sledge | After serving a combined 35½ years in prison, two men were freed from Louisiana prisons this week after St. Bernard Parish District Attorney Perry Nicosia conceded they had been wrongly convicted. The unusual developments, in…

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