Bobbie Jean Johnson was a dear client and friend of The Promise of Justice Initiative. Despite the incredible injustice she faced, Bobbie Jean had an irresistible light in her heart, energy, and smile. Bobbie Jean inspires us every day to continue to fight for the rights of women and men incarcerated in Louisiana.
Learn more about the life of Bobbie Jean Johnson, her story, and how her experience tells the story of injustice in Louisiana, and the resilience of the human spirit. Rest in Power, Bobbie Jean Johnson, you are always with us.
“Her trial was unfair. It was a tragedy of our justice system.” -Cecelia Kappel, counsel for Bobbie Jean Johnson. Bobbie Jean Johnson emerged from prison a free woman last Thursday. Convicted at 19 years old in 1977, Ms. Johnson has never lived an adult life outside of prison walls. Read about the unjust trial and the coercive interrogation techniques which led to this injustice in this Advocate article written by Matt Sledge. With the help of dedicated PJI attorneys, Caroline Tillman and Cecelia Kappel, along with our incredible partners at The Innocence Project New Orleans, Bobbie Jean Johnson was able to plea on a lesser charge and regain her freedom. Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman told Ms. Johnson that “I wasn’t here at the beginning of the story, but I am here at the end. Good to meet you, and good luck to you. I’m glad this day has come.”