Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 34 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 363 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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Guest column: Allow testimony on witness identification | The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

BY NANCY FRANKLIN Thanks to the efforts of organizations like Innocence Project New Orleans, Louisiana has the second highest rate of exonerations per capita in the country. Such a statistic gives the state something to be proud of. But what…

Serial rapist went free while another man spent decades behind bars — until his exoneration last week | The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

BY LEA SKENE and JACQUELINE DEROBERTIS  It was late one morning in December 1982 when a Baton Rouge housewife saw someone approaching her home in the city's Hundred Oaks neighborhood. She opened the door a crack, unsure if it was…

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By Thomas Fuller All it took was for technicians in a crime lab to run the fingerprints collected at the scene of a rape through a national database. Within hours, the experts had established a match with a serial rapist.…

Man exonerated in 1982 Baton Rouge rape after fingerprint technology shows match to serial rapist | The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

By Lea SkeneArchie Williams stepped out of the 19th Judicial District courthouse and into the sunshine Thursday afternoon surrounded by relatives and lawyers — his first taste of freedom after more than 36 years in prison for a crime he…

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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