The Innocent Convicts Film Project
A Voice for Innocent Defendants
Our organization gives innocent defendants a voice, through film, public arts and civic engagement.
Victims of wrongful imprisonment are forced into dangerous environments, helpless to watch as their families suffer through the injustice.
Film is a powerful tool to expose injustice, galvanize action and hold the powerful accountable.
- Osagie N. Okoruwa
We fight with innocent defendants against the grave penalties implemented against them for crimes they aren’t guilty of. The Innocent Convicts Film Project is a spotlight for stories of innocent defendants, like Tim Cole, a Texas Tech Student and Army Veteran, who needlessly lost his life when his medication was withheld during wrongful incarceration. Principal photography is complete on the first six episodes of the film project – stories of Tim Cole, Audrey Edmunds, Uriah Courtney, Mike Hansen, Lamont McKoy and The Monfils Six. Donate to help us examine the heinous causes and devastating aftermath of wrongful convictions around the United States.
As a Wisconsin stay-at-home mom, Audrey Edmunds babysat for neighborhood families. Accused of killing a child in her care, based on “Shaken Baby Syndrome” theories, Edmunds was sentenced to 18 years in prison. She served 11 wrongfully incarcerated years, before being able to present new evidence that cast doubt on those theories. Edmunds’ conviction was overturned.
Like Tim Cole, San Diego based Uriah Courtney was wrongfully convicted of a rape he didn’t commit. Fortunately, Courtney’s story has a happier ending. DNA evidence cleared him before he could suffer and die while wrongfully incarcerated.
At just 18, Lamont McKoy was sentenced to life in prison, convicted of a North Carolina drug deal resulting in homicide. Refusing a plea deal, McKoy has spent 28 years wrongfully incarcerated, never wavering in his claims of innocence. Evidence presented in federal court clearing McKoy of this crime has been blocked from state courts for hearing. The Duke University School of Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic continues fighting to prove his innocence.