BENEFITING: Innocence Project
ORGANIZER: Innocence Project
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
On Sunday, November 3, 2013, I will be part of a team that will run for the Innocence Project in the ING New York City Marathon, raising awareness about wrongful convictions and fundraising to help free the innocent.
I have made a commitment to raise $3,500 for the Innocence Project through my run. This is an important cause, and I am training rigorously to complete the 26.2 miles of the race. Your support would mean the world to me and would directly support those who are wrongfully imprisoned. If I reach my goal, then each mile I run will be worth $134 to free the innocent. Please consider sponsoring one of those miles! Any amount you can donate to help me reach my goal would be greatly appreciated--no amount is too small.
Here is some information about the Innocence Project:
- The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 36 states; since 2000, there have been 239 exonerations.
- 18 of the 309 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row. Another 16 were charged with capital crimes but not sentenced to death.
- The average length of time served by exonerees is 13.6 years. The total number of years served is approximately 4,105.
- The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27.
- In more than 25% of cases in a National Institute of Justice study, suspects were excluded once DNA testing was conducted during the criminal investigation.
- 65% of the people exonerated through DNA testing have been financially compensated. 27 states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia have passed laws to compensate people who were wrongfully incarcerated.
- An Innocence Project review of closed cases from 2004-2010 revealed that 22% of cases were closed because of lost or destroyed evidence.
- The true suspects and/or perpetrators have been identified in 148 DNA exoneration cases.
To learn more visit www.innocenceproject.org