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Crime

The Work Of The Ohio Innocence Project To Exonerate Innocent People Erroneously Convicted

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Ricky Jackson, one of Ohio Innocence Project's most recent exonerees.

  

There are a staggering number of innocent people incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, according to The Innocence Project. Founded in 2003, the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP), part of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, looks for these inmates. 

They are exonerated through DNA testing, new witnesses, new testimonies or evidence of police misconduct. The OIP has helped free 23 wrongfully convicted inmates to date, and Innocent Projects across the country have freed more than 250.

Joining us to talk about the OIP and ways to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices are Mark Godsey, JD, director of the Ohio Innocence Project and professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law; and exoneree Roger Dean Gillispie, who spent 20 years in prison after being convicted of three rapes in 1988.