New Orleans group helps free innocent men behind bars

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 8:17pm

Emily Maw is at the helm of Innocence Project - New Orleans, an organization of attorneys who fight for people who can't defend themselves against crimes they didn't commit.

Since 1990, Innocence Project - New Orleans has helped 29 men who were serving life sentences get out of jail.

Public opinions of men who've been convicted of violent crimes and are serving life sentences "don't" get much sympathy from many people. Not the case at IPNO, who does the research and determines whether they'll be able to make a case.

“We would eventually like not to have a job,” states Maw. “I don't think that's imminent, but we would like to do ourselves out of a job.”

There's a variety of reasons why convictions could be overturned, from DNA evidence to prosecutor misconduct.

It’s a long process that 29 times over the last 21 years, has worked.

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