The 'Inn' in 'Innocence' 


58 year old Malcolm Alexander was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit. In 1980, at the time of this sentencing, he was 21 years old and has vouched for his innocence in the crime from the very beginning. Now in 2018 he can enjoy the freedom he rightfully deserves. The Innocence Project a nonprofit legal organization which looks at cases like Malcolm's, has been fighting on his behalf since 1996 and for countless others who have been wronged by the criminal justice system. The day after Malcolm was freed he was reunited with the dog he raised behind bars in Angola prison. He stated, "I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent," and cites the dog as a source of his forgiveness for the world and a release from the anger that he held onto for so long.

The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.  In Alexander's case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence Project attorneys also said he was mistakenly and "tentatively" selected from a photo lineup by the victim. Organizations like these are necessary for reform and give a voice to the voiceless. They are a part of the change we all want to see and hope to see more innocent people given their lives back.

Robert Raeder