Thursday, June 12, 2008

Midwest Innocence Project Has A New Website

The Midwestern Innocence Project is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to the innocent in prison.
The Staff
Pat Doak, Legal Secretary
Tiffany Murphy, Legal Director
Jay Swearingen, Executive Director

Below is information from their New Website
Their Vision
We have about 100,000 inmates in our six-state region of Arkansas, Oklahoma,Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. A recent university study estimates a 5%failure rate of our criminal justice system, but even if that rate is only 1%, that indicates there are 1,000 people; 1,000 moms and dads and sons and daughters in our region sitting in a jail cell away from their families and completely innocent of the crime for which they are incarcerated. We want them out and we want them out soon.

It is our vision to be a working non-profit law firm with five full time attorneys and a support staff of an additional five. It is our vision to consistently be in litigation on behalf of our innocent inmates. It is our vision to enjoy several exonerations each year for the next decade. It is our vision that every state in our region embraces the reforms necessary to end these travesties.
It is our vision that no one in our region EVER goes to prison again for a crime they did not commit.

More Information from The Midwestern Innocence Project New Website:
We have a New Website
It's been a long time coming, but our new website is officially up and running. We'd like you to be one of the first to give it a test run. Please take a moment to visit The link on the right - and tell us what you think.
Keeping our organization tech savvy is difficult and expensive. We're also asking that you help us fund these enhancements by contributing a small gift to the Midwestern Innocence Project.
Your contribution today of $25, $50, $100, $250 or whatever you can afford will be used to fund these upgrades and will be greatly appreciated (See below)* Consider a monthly pledge; they help us plan our resources more efficiently. We can't be successful without the financial help of people just like you.

"Thank You" Gifts: Special gifts for our supporters (you will make your selection on the donation page)

Ticket to the 2008 Chad Lowe Innocence Gala On September 25, actor and director Chad Lowe will headline our 2008 Innocence Gala at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza. Chad portrayed exoneree Kerry Max Cook in the Broadway play "The Exonerated". Kerry will also be joining us at the gala.(donate at least $125.00 to be eligible for this gift)

Table at the 2008 Chad Lowe Innocence Gala On September 25, actor and director Chad Lowe will headline our 2008 Innocence Gala at the InterContinental Hotel on the Plaza. Chad portrayed exoneree Kerry Max Cook in the Broadway play "The Exonerated". Kerry will also be joining us at the gala.(donate at least $1250.00 to be eligible for this gift)

Personalized copy of "The Innocent Man"This hardcover John Grisham book will be personally autographed for you by one of the books main characters and exoneree Dennis Fritz. (donate at least $250.00 to be eligible for this gift)

Autographed Edition of "Journey Toward Justice"An autographed copy of exoneree Dennis Fritz's book "Journey Toward Justice".(donate at least $100.00 to be eligible for this gift)

The Innocents Coffee Table Book An autographed edition of The Innocents, a book of portraits of former inmates accompanying a traveling exhibit by the same name. (donate at least $100.00 to be eligible for this gift)

2XONR8 Missouri T-Shirt Wear our colors proudly and let others know that you are committed "to exonerate"the innocent. Green ink on a tan shirt. (donate at least $35.00 to be eligible for this gift)

Please go to their website if you would like to make a donation

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1 comment:

International Bridges to Justice said...

Waouh. The Midwest Innocence Project sounds great. Diverting innocents away from prisons is a very noble cause. Indeed, I think it is better to have criminals free than one single innocent deprived of his liberty in a detention centre. Hence the crucial need to promote access to competent and effective legal counsel at the earliest stage possible after arrest. The worldwide legal community should focus its effort on empowering non-profit organization such as the MidWest Innocence Project not only with the financial means but with the intellectual capital to bring their innovative ideas to the next level. This is precisely what JusticeMakers (www.justicemakers.net), a global competition which rewards eight “heroes of criminal justice” with a $5,000 in seed funding to implement their initiatives locally seeks to do: unleash the collective energies of criminal defenders from around the world and realize the vast potential of international human rights legislation. Let´s great project idea like the Midwest Innocence Project be heard to make justice a more tangible reality.