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As we work to free Georgia's wrongly convicted, we remember the words of Dr. King: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

This #MLKDAY we join @InnocenceNtwrk to "stand united around the fundamental principle that truth is a prerequisite for justice & fairness." https://t.co/ZBSU4I32o5

Our faces after finding out at a staff meeting that Georgia Innocence Project just received a VERY generous donation that will fund a significant portion of our work and further enable us to restore hope and justice to Georgia's wrongfully convicted this year!!! https://t.co/0xU4DU33wH GaInnocence photo

On what would've been #MLK's 92nd birthday, his oldest son condemns the "severity and inequality" of the federal death penalty system as the government plans to execute #DustinHiggs, the last of 11 executions scheduled since summer after a 17-year hiatus. https://t.co/00hbsr9zt5

Beep beep! 🚘 Look out for Johnny in a brand new car! The family of fellow GIP client Joey Watkins invited Johnny to their dealership to help him find the perfect fit. We're excited for Johnny's freedom and independence, as well as the supportive community our clients have built! https://t.co/j4IdqG5yNZ GaInnocence photo

A federal judge has halted #LisaMontgomery's execution today to hear arguments about her mental competence. According to @DPInfoCtr, brain injury/intellectual disability, severe mental illness and extensive childhood trauma are all too common on death row. https://t.co/EeDgR5KTXW

Congrats to Jefferson Co. Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney @Lynneice4DA & staff on the establishment of the Jefferson Co. Bessemer Division's Conviction Integrity Unit–launching today as one of the first two conviction review units in the state of Alabama! https://t.co/MrHvBADRYJ
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Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Innocence Project
As we work to free Georgia's wrongly convicted, we remember the words of Dr. King: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

This Martin Luther King Day we join The Innocence Network to "stand united around the fundamental principle that truth is a prerequisite for justice & fairness."
Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Innocence Project
Our faces after finding out at a staff meeting that Georgia Innocence Project just received a VERY generous donation that will fund a significant portion of our work and further enable us to restore hope and justice to Georgia's wrongfully convicted this year!!!
Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Innocence Project
On what would have been MLK's 92nd birthday, his oldest son reflects on the "severity and inequality" of a recent string of executions as the federal government plans to execute Dustin Higgs today, a Black man maintaining his innocence.

More than half of the 51 people on federal death row are people of color, including 22 Black men. As we've seen in Johnny Gates' case and so many others in Georgia, racism plays a major role in death penalty sentences at the state level as well.

"Over the past year, we have lost too many Black lives to police violence and a pandemic... The federal government should not be needlessly taking more Black lives, and to do so on my father’s birthday would be shameful."
Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Innocence Project
Beep beep! 🚘 Look out for GIP/SCHR freed client Johnny Gates on the roads in his new car!! The family of fellow client Joey Watkins invited Johnny to their dealership and helped him find the perfect fit.

We are so excited for the freedom and independence this will provide Johnny, and even more for the community that Georgia's wrongfully convicted have built to support one another through trauma and recovery.
Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Innocence Project
A federal judge has halted Lisa Montgomery's execution scheduled for today. Though she would be the first woman executed by the federal government in 70 years, she shares much in common with the 87 people executed in the last 4 years.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, more than one-third had a brain injury or intellectual disability, while nearly two in five suffered severe mental illness and almost two-thirds experienced extensive trauma as children.

And at least 11 of the executed suffered from all three-just like Lisa Montgomery.
Georgia Innocence Project
Georgia Innocence Project
Congrats to Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington and staff on the establishment of the Jefferson County Bessemer Division's Conviction Integrity Unit!

The CIU, which formally launched today, is one of the first two conviction review units in the state of Alabama. The other unit, the Jefferson County Birmingham Division, began reviewing cases on Jan. 1.
Georgia Innocence Project
Jeffco Bessemer DA
We are proud to announce that the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) launched today! The CIU will review cases of wrongful convictions for defendants convicted of certain Class A felonies and sentenced to life, life without parole or death in the Cutoff.

“There is such a need for criminal justice reform. The time is now. As prosecutors, we are ministers of justice. We seek justice and we must do justice at all time.’' - DA Lynneice O. Washington



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