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Thank you for supporting PJI’s mission to reform the criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty. 

Our projects focus on ending the death penalty, fixing inhumane conditions of confinement, exposing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, eliminating poor representation of criminal defendants, and ending racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

 

Donate to the Client and Family Assistance Project

Incarcerated people in Louisiana face tremendous challenges. The cost per person spent by the state is one of the lowest in the nation. Louisiana’s high wrongful conviction rate and exoneration rate have created a community of people who have been forced to rebuild their lives from scratch without any support from those that put them in prison. The Promise of Justice Initiative works to empower these people in starting their new lives.

The Corey Williams Freedom Fund

In 1998, Corey Williams, was barely 16, when he was arrested for first degree murder. He was convicted and sent to death row. After years of tirelessly fighting for Corey, and public outcry over the troubling circumstances of his case, Corey is being released as a result of a negotiated settlement with the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office. Since he was charged, Corey Williams has always insisted on his innocence. His Petition for Certiorari was pending at the United States Supreme Court, and joined by a series of amici including Former Prosecutors and Department of Justice officialsThe Innocence Project of New Orleans, and the Fair Punishment Project.

Given the prospect of years more time in prison fighting his conviction, and the uncertainty of justice in the courts, today Corey pled guilty to lesser offenses in an agreement that allowed him to walk out of prison.

Corey will have nothing but the prison shirt on his back when he walks out of Angola, a free man after 20 years of painful incarceration. You can help him rebuild his life. Please consider donating to help Corey get on his feet and start his life over.

You can learn more about the horrific injustice Corey was dealt on our website, or in SlateThe Brennan Center for Justice,The New York Times, and The Marshall Project.

We also accept checks or money orders. Please direct these to:

The Promise of Justice Initiative
1024 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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