A New Era

Ricky Kidd
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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