February 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Innocents Panel | Exoneration and Criminal Justice Reform, Feb. 21

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture encourages all to attend The Innocents Panel: Exoneration and Criminal Justice Reform on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Schoonover 450.Center for Law Justice & Culture logo

The panel features exonerees Ricky Jackson, Dean Gillispie, Clarence Elkins, and Robert McClendon who have all been recently released after spending years incarcerated for crimes that they did not commit. 

Ricky Jackson and Dean Gillispie have visited Ohio University in the past with the Ohio Innocence Project, which is based at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Ricky Jackson: Jackson spent 39 years wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he was accused of in 1975. He has served the longest sentence as an innocent man in the United States.

Clarence Elkins: Elkins was freed in 2005 after spending seven years wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. He led the initiative to prove his innocence, which was found in DNA testing.

Dean Gillispie: Gillispie was incarcerated for 20 years and was freed as the first client of the Ohio Innocence project in 2011. 

Robert McClendon: McClendon was freed in 2008 after being incarcerated for 17 years and was also found innocent with help from The Innocence Project and DNA testing.

The panel will be followed by a Q&A period.

Sponsors include: College of Arts and Sciences; Center for Law, Justice & Culture (CLJC); Making and Breaking the Law Theme (MABTL); and Ohio Innocence Project Collegiate Network of Innocence Advocates (OIP-u).

Please contact CLJC Director Haley Duschinski ( for more information.

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