Innocence Project – How You Can Help

1156Last Shabbat I had the privilege to make a presentation through the @nourish series about the Innocence Project.,  I was joined by two extraordinary men, Rodney Roberts and Huwe Burton both of whom spent years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit  Thanks so much to all who took part.

Some of you asked how you can help.

In New Jersey, there is Assembly Bill 1037/Senate Bill 1765 to amend our state’s compensation bill to include people who plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit.  If you heard from Huwe and Rodney there are very compelling reasons for doing so including a system where 97% of all criminal cases are settled due in large measure to the costs of launching a defense.

The link to the bill and how to help is here.

For those of you who couldn’t attend, below is information about both cases.

Huwe Burton
Below is an interview Huwe had on the Today Show this January following his exonoration, along with a second link providing coverage of the case from the Innocence Project’s website.

Rodney Roberts
Below is a link to Rodney’s video produced by the Innocence Project explaining why he was compelled to plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit, along with a link to an article I wrote about Rodney’s case.

IP Guilty Plea Project

article about Rodney Roberts 

You can also see the presentation on Shomrei’s website.  If anyone has any questions about the Innocence Project, feel free to reach out.

Thanks so very much to Shirley, Adrienne and John who made this very meaningful experience possible


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