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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Orleans DA moves to vacate 1982 murder conviction, dismiss case against John Floyd

By Heather Nolan Prosecutors in District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office have filed motions to vacate John Floyd’s 1982 murder conviction, and to dismiss their case against him. Floyd, who served 36 years of a life sentence before he was freed from…

John Floyd, once a lifer at Angola, to have murder case dropped, Orleans DA says | The Advocate (New Orleans)

By Matt Sledge New Orleans prosecutors said Tuesday they will drop their case against John Floyd, the onetime Angola lifer who had his murder conviction overturned last year. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said in a statement that the absence of…

State Supreme Court affirms overturning Jones’ 1974 rape conviction; prosecutors won’t retry case | The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

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In Louisiana, You Can Be Sent Away for Life Even If Jurors Say You’re Innocent | Mother Jones

By Olivia Exstrum In 1992, Glenn Davis was a teenager in Avondale, Louisiana, with a baby on the way when he was charged with murder. A witness claimed he saw Davis, along with two of Davis’ cousins, shoot and kill a drug…

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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