A New Era
Former client, exonerated in 2019
“There are faces I left behind who are innocent. I don’t want to just come out here and forget everyone else. I have a unique opportunity to make a difference.”
We’re entering a new era at the MIP. In the past five years, we’ve brought seven clients home, passed over a dozen laws and policies, grown from 1 to 10 staff members, and developed partnerships with University of Missouri and Kansas Law Schools, and the Iowa Public Defender’s office.
What will the next five years bring? Seven more clients coming home would be great. But what if we doubled that number? A dozen more laws would be helpful. But what if we also found a way to start eradicating systemic racism within our justice system?
Those sound like big goals. But look how far we’ve come together. Look how much we’ve accomplished.
All those accomplishments are because of help from people like you, and because we’ve been unafraid to push out of the status quo. It’s not always comfortable to step into new territory, or to shine light on the things that are scary or unfair about the justice system.
But that’s what we’ll keep doing.
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by the numbers
Cases by State
Our Community for Justice
Board of Directors
Floyd Bledsoe, Exoneree
Andrew Brain, Vice-President
Sarah Duggan, MIPSO/UMKC Law School Representative
Jane Ehinger, Secretary
Ryan Ferguson, Exoneree
Leah Georges, Nebraska Regional Advisory Council Representative
Barbara Glesner Fines
Robert Hoffman, President
Sarah Lintecum, Treasurer
Erica Nichols Cook, Iowa Wrongful Conviction Division Representative
Jean Phillips, KU School of Law Representative
Molly Potts, St. Louis Regional Advisory Council Representative
Joseph L. Hiersteiner, General Counsel
Next Gen Board
Victoria Pickering, Secretary
Nacente Seabury, President