Welcome to the Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law, where our goal is simple: we want to free every innocent person in Ohio who has been convicted of a crime they didn't commit. We’re proud to be a part of the University of Cincinnati, where we made our home in 2003. Since our inception, our work has led to the release of 33 wrongfully convicted Ohioans who collectively served over 660 years behind bars. That makes us one of the top-performing members among the international Innocence Network.
Scroll through the videos at the top of the page to experience for yourself the impacts of your support:
- OIP exonerees tell their stories
- OIP's criminal justice reform efforts in the statehouse and beyond
- The emotional May 3, 2021 release of Michael Sutton and Kenny Phillips, who served 15 years in prison for an attempted murder they did not commit
Our work includes helping develop and advocate for lasting criminal justice reform through legislation as well as launching Ohio Innocence Project University, an active network of student groups at colleges across the state.
Your gift to the Ohio Innocence Project will help us continue fighting for wrongfully convicted Ohioans.
To learn more about the work of the Ohio Innocence Project, please visit our website.
- OIP freed 4 innocent individuals in 2020: Jerry McMeans - wrongfully imprisoned 30 years; Christopher Smith - wrongfully imprisoned 12 years; Isaiah Andrews - wrongfully imprisoned 45 years; and Al Cleveland - wrongfully imprisoned 25 years. Learn more about these men in the 7th Edition OIP Review.
- In February 2020, the East Cleveland 3 (Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson, and Derrick Wheatt) had a very successful OIP-u tour. They shared their story with 700 people across 5 different Ohio colleges.
- OIP held its first ever virtual fundraiser and it was the most successful one yet, raising over $200,000 to help free innocent Ohio prisoners.
- In November 2020, OIP hosted a free virtual CLE sponsored by the Friends of OIP. Black Robes, Black Lives: The Courts’ Duty to Address Systemic Racism featured Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and had over 200 attendees.
A Very Special Thank You to the Friends of OIP!
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