Posted on April 12, 2016 by Mark Godsey
Over 500 hundred people attended this year’s conference in San Antonio, making it the most attended conference in the history of the Innocence Network. Below are a couple highlights from the conference.
2,351 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment: 2016 Exoneree Induction Dinner
Of the 500 attendees, 150 were exonerees who together served 2, 351 years in prison and 153 years on death row for crimes they did not commit. This year’s induction ceremony saw the addition of 31 newly exonerated men and women, including Marvin Roberts, George Frese, Kevin Pease, and Eugene Vent, better known as the “Fairbanks Four,” whose release in 2015 after 18 years of wrongful incarceration gave The Alaska Innocence Project its first victory.
The remaining 27 inductees came from all over the country representing years of dedication and hard work by attorneys and students from several projects in the network:
Donovan Allen (Innocence Project Northwest)
Daniel Andersen (Northwestern Law School Center on Wrongful Convictions)
Ben Baker (Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago School of Law),
Floyd Bledsoe (Midwest Innocence Project)
Timothy Bridges (The Innocence Project)
Alfred Dewayne Brown
Andre Byrant (The Innocence Project of Florida)