Innocent people deserve justice.
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, associated with Yeshiva University in New York City, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.
We can be a part of the Innocence Project’s groundbreaking work to free innocent people and transform the legal system. During December 2021, all Sunday Sharing donations are split, with half going to the Innocence Project and half to support the work of the Ethical Society.
In the news: Recent exonerations include Jaythan Kendrick, who spent 25 years imprisoned for a 1994 murder in Queens that he did not commit. In November, two men convicted in the assassination of Malcolm X were cleared, also with the aid of the Innocence Project. Thanksgiving week this year, the project saw to the removal of Pervis Payne, a man with an intellectual disability, from death row in Tennessee after 33 years. This will allow the Innocence Project to proceed with their case, alleging that DNA evidence, never tested, could help prove his innocence, and back up his story that he was instead trying to help the victims when he saw they had been attacked.
Please be generous. Because we are still not all meeting in person, you can contribute online or send a check to the RYSEC office.
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