Staff from the Denver Innocence Project traveled to San Diego where more than 750 participants gathered to honor newly freed people, learn about the latest developments in freeing the wrongly convicted and connect with the now 69 Innocence Network organizations (staff from 59 projects attended) around the world. The growth of the Innocence Network has helped expand the number of people who are freed each year. Having the network in nearly every state in the country and across the globe also helps the Innocence Project to be more collectively efficient and strategic in the cases and policy reforms that we work to advance. Each of those projects is independently run and funded.
In addition to staff attendees from Innocence organizations, this year’s conference had 190 exonerees in attendance who spent at total of 2,953 years wrongfully imprisoned (222 years were on death row).