Innocence Project New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


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In Louisiana and Mississippi, the two states with the highest incarceration rates in the world, IPNO frees innocent prisoners, exposes injustice and prevents wrongful convictions.

What We Do

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.
Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 26 innocent men. IPNO takes the hardest cases—cases that others are not equipped to. We devote the majority of our time and resources to freeing poor people who will otherwise die in prison for crimes they did not commit.


Jene O
Jene O.

Managing Director