Our Guiding Principles

  1. The innocent should not be incarcerated.
  2. Mistakes should be corrected as quickly as possible.

Our Inspiration

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.


A 20-Year Struggle

Rally for Troy
Troy's sister, Martina Davis-Correia, leads one of many rallies for Troy in 2008
Troy Funeral

Our Mission

Justice can only be served by a genuine search for the truth, and wrongful convictions only occur when there is a failure to discover, follow and honor the truth. Innocence Matters protects the innocent and prevents wrongful convictions by identifying and rectifying systemic practices that impede our search for truth. Because the disenfranchised are particularly vulnerable to systemic indifference, our work is focused on developing education, prevention and reform measures that will protect those most at risk and that will encourage the legal community to more quickly acknowledge and correct errors.

Our Founder's Story


Faces of Innocence: Current Clients

19 years imprisonment: Sole eyewitness admitted he lied
EXONERATED: Susan Mellen
17 years imprisonment: Sole witness a notorious liar
WAITING: John Klene 
17 years imprisonment: Lying snitch; coerced eyewitness

Prospective Clients: Whose Face Will Emerge Next?

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The one whose trial lawyer later resigned to avoid disbarment?
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The one whose trial lawyer was actually disbarred?
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The one where the actual murderer confessed?
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The one who was 60+ miles away from scene of crime?
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The one where the witnesses were coerced by the police?

Help us uncover the TRUTH and put a clear face on innocence.

Investigation costs are a minimum of $25,000 per case.