On November 15th, 2017, Wilbert Jones walked free after 46 years of being wrongfully incarcerated. In 1974, he was imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit, and his legal team at IPNO has been fighting for his freedom since 2003.
Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a non-profit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi. Working with various members of the judicial system IPNO has freed over 30 innocent prisoners and assisted with their transition into the free world. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen, and what we can all do to prevent them.
Estimates of innocent prisoners in the United States range from 2% to 5%. Even if just 2% of the 39,000 people in prison in Louisiana are innocent, that's 780 people. As exoneree Gregory Bright (freed by IPNO in 2003 after 27.5 years wrongful imprisonment) described it, “It’s as if they lock us up and throw away the key.”
Visit IP-NO.org to join in the effort to free the wrongfully convicted in your community.