Timeline Stories

All timeline stories.

Pete Williams Exonerated

On January 23, 2007, after serving over 22 years of a 45-year sentence, Pete Williams was released from prison at the age of 45. When asked how it felt to be released after all the years he spent in prison, Pete said, “Being free—nothing can replace that.”

Robert Clark Exonerated

Robert was exonerated in December 2005, and walked out of prison an innocent man. At the time of his arrest, he was 21 years old, the father of a 5-year-old son, and lived with his mother, who never lost faith in him throughout his trial and incarceration.

Clarence Harrison is Exonerated

Clarence Harrison, Georgia Innocence Project’s first exoneree, served nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was released in 2004 after post-conviction DNA testing conclusively proved his innocence.

Georgia Post Conviction DNA Testing Statute

The state statute allows any person convicted of a crime to petition for post conviction DNA testing with the court that entered the judgement of conviction. GIP played an instrumental role in the passing of this statute.

GIP is Founded

Georgia Innocence Project is founded by two Georgia State law students.

Calvin C. Johnson Exoneration

Calvin is Georgia’s first DNA exoneree and his exoneration inspired the creation of the Georgia Innocence Project. He went on to serve on GIP’s board and as board President.