Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 32 innocent people.

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) frees innocent, life-sentenced prisoners.

We support our clients living well and fully in the world after their release.

We advocate for sensible criminal justice policies that reduce wrongful convictions.

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Mistaken identifications are a leading factor in wrongful convictions.


of the 354 DNA exonerations in the United States involved mistaken eyewitness

out of 15

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


non-DNA Louisiana cases, 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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Freed June 19th, 2018 after almost 41 years.


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‘A long fight’: Monroe man freed after more than 40 years in prison with backing of new DNA evidence | The Baton Rouge Advocate

by Grace Toohey For more than four decades in prison, Gerald Manning maintained his innocence — serving time for a brutal murder and rape for which he was convicted as a juvenile — until, only recently, DNA evidence bolstered his…

Lawyers have a responsibility to be ‘agitators for justice’ | Opinion | Times-Picayune

In 2010, I was a college student at a small public university in North Louisiana. When I was in college, I knew I wanted to go to law school someday to become a criminal defense trial lawyer. I had the opportunity…

Governor signs bill aimed at preventing eyewitness misidentifications in police line-ups | Times-Picayune

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday (May 23) signed into law legislation requiring all police agencies in Louisiana to adopt eyewitness identification procedures aimed at preventing mistaken identifications and wrongful convictions. Read more here.

Robert Jones’ decades in prison point to ‘tragedy’ of eyewitness misidentifications: expert | Times-Picayune

Standing in the prison yard at Angola, Robert Jones learned a lesson from a fellow inmate, a boxing instructor, about fighting. It was the mid 1990s, and Jones was still reeling from the life sentence he received after a jury…

A video introduction to IPNO & Wilbert Jones

On November 15th, 2017, Wilbert Jones walked free after 46 years of being wrongfully incarcerated. In 1972, he was imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit, and IPNO has been fighting for his freedom since 2003. Wilbert Jones’ plight, extraordinary in scale and length, is utterly predictable given the cursory justice process Louisiana metes out to the poor and people of color. Thanks to Christopher Stoudt and Defend New Orleans for this short video explaining the underlying problem.

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