Our Guiding Principles
- The innocent should not be incarcerated.
- Mistakes should be corrected as quickly as possible.
On July 3, 2007, word of Troy Davis's impending execution spread through the Georgia legal community. Our founder joined the cause to save an innocent man only to watch in utter dismay as Troy's claim of innocence was brushed aside as irrelevant. As more lawyers, students, professors and members of the general public were brought to the cause our nation and the world rallied and, together, we were able to stop the execution . . . at least for a little while. Troy's supporters shouted to all who would listen: "INNOCENCE MATTERS!"
On September 21, 2011, despite the valiant efforts of many, Georgia's determination to kill Troy Davis prevailed over truth and reason.
Troy Davis's struggle inspired the formation of Innocence Matters in 2010. Our four-year effort to make his innocence matter will forever guide our work.