Specifically, we had listed over 100 claims of innocence found on the internet in the USA, many of whom had been unheard of: Calls for help, words of supporters, blogs etc. We wrote to most of these prisoners and/or contacted their supporters. Whilst not all of us did respond to us (about 1/3 did not), many of them did, and we have helped them in a variety of ways. This has included:
- Organising investigations in partnership with their legal teams;
- Organising the financing of expertise;
- Organising media (news or documentary) coverage
- Organising a variety of campaigning actions
Three years down the line, where does our campaign stand?
We are glad to report that so far over 20% of the prisoners we are monitoring have had a positive outcome in their case:
- 3 prisoners have been exonerated;
- 4 prisoners have had their sentence quashed or commuted
- 10 prisoners received a new trial or a new sentencing hearing (in progress)
- 7 received an execution stay due to some concern in their case.
- 2 were granted clemency.
By contrast, 5 were executed, 1 died of cancer (and maintained his innocence till the end), and a few still remain to be contacted.
In the process of our work, others have also been asking us to help us, which means our campaign has been growing in size and we are in contact with many support groups or supporters around the globe. We are also now working in close partnership with Lutte pour la Justice, a French association, whose interest in justice and goals are very similar to ours.
We have been able to see, first hand, that some prisoners are in desperate situations, and need our help, which is why we have launched at the beginning of 2016 a new Emergency Fund to help fight for justice. We will you be grateful if you think you can help us: please contact us or make a donation to our New Emergency Fund. Thank you.
Finally, at the dawn of the new US presidency, we are imminently about to launch a new campaign that will help give a voice to those who have been silenced for far too long. We hope it will lead and support a vaster reform of the criminal justice system.
Thank you for your interest and support. Happy new year 2017!