Samantha Adams — March 13, 2015 @ 11:04 AM — Comments (1)
Steppin’ Out 2015 is just around the corner, on Thursday, April 16th, at Mission San Luis. The silent auction, as well as the VIP reception for exonerees, sponsors, and award recipients will start at 6 PM, and the dinner and program will run from 7 to 9:30 PM.
Jennifer Thompson, co-author of the NY Times bestseller Picking Cotton, will be honored with the Frank Lee Smith Innocence Award, recognizing her significant contribution to advancing the cause of innocence. Jennifer has used her experience as a crime victim involved in a wrongful conviction case to affect positive change in the criminal justice system and has served as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.
Walter McNeil, former police chief, will receive the Innocence Project of Florida Partner in Justice Award, recognizing the non-traditional collaborations he has formed with the innocence community to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future wrongful convictions.
To get an idea of what is in store this year take a look through some of the highlights from 2014’s Steppin’ Out.
Individual tickets are $125, or $100 for public defenders and students, and can be purchased online here. More information about event sponsorships can be found here. For more information, please call 850-561-6767 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Marianne Salcedo — December 16, 2014 @ 5:27 PM — Comments (0)
My end-of-year appeal to you is short and heartfelt. Through your generous donations, the Innocence Project of Florida frees innocent men and women from Florida prisons.
Today, our exonerees shout the joy of freedom, but most were serving life sentences. Without you and the Innocence Project of Florida, they might have died in prison with no one ever to hear them or help them.
All of them were young with their lives ahead of them; all of them had mothers and fathers; all were shackled and locked up. Collectively, Florida’s 14 DNA exonerees were imprisoned for more than a quarter of a millenium (268 years) for crimes they did not commit. For a very long time, no one heard their cries.
We hear them. The Innocence Project of Florida currently has more than 30 cases in litigation and we are anticipating up to three new exonerations in 2015. We receive hundreds of requests from prisoners each year — but we cannot help them without you.
For the sake of every innocent man and woman who is spending this holiday season locked up in prison hoping for a miracle, please donate generously to the Innocence Project of Florida. Do not let them spend another year behind bars.
Thank you. I wish you a happy and peaceful New Year— and one that is filled with miracles!
Seth Miller, Esq.
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