Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 39 innocent people.

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.

Photos courtesy of Olivia Grey Pritchard


Mistaken identifications are a leading factor in wrongful convictions.


of the 367 DNA exonerations in the United States involved mistaken eyewitness

out of 16

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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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…

New Orleans man imprisoned for 13 years for crime he didn’t commit exonerated, IPNO says| WDSU

By WDSU Digital Staff NEW ORLEANS — The Innocence Project New Orleans announced Monday that a man who has been imprisoned for 13 and a half years for a murder he did not commit was exonerated. Kaliegh Smith was convicted…

New Orleans prosecutors won’t retry man whose conviction was tossed due to secret witness payments | The Advocate (New Orleans)

By Matt Sledge Family members of a man who spent nearly 14 years in prison on a now tossed murder conviction clapped in court as prosecutors said Monday they won’t attempt to try him again. With an unusual public apology…

You spent years in prison for a crime you did not commit. What does the State owe you? | WWNO/WKRF

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