THIS IS INNOCENCE 2018
Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis St., Portland OR 97209
Our premier annual fundraiser for the Oregon Innocence Project, THIS IS INNOCENCE, took place on May 10th at Urban Studio in Portland's Pearl District. This benefit supports our work to help innocent Oregonians clear their names, to train law students to be the public interest lawyers of tomorrow, and to promote legal reforms that will prevent and address wrongful convictions.
Our special guests this year were Mark Godsey, Director of the Ohio Innocence Project and Rickey Jackson, an exoneree from Ohio.
Mark Godsey is the Director and Co-Founder of the Ohio Innocence Project. Once regarded as a "prosecutor's prosecutor", it was only after he took a teaching job at a local law school and had to supervise students working on innocence cases that he reexamined his prejudices around wrongful convictions. To date, the Ohio Innocence Project has helped free 24 people who had collectively served more than 450 years.
Rickey Jackson was freed from prison in 2014 after 39 years with the help of Mark Godsey and the Ohio Innocence Project. Jackson and two friends were wrongfully convicted in 1975 of a murder outside a Cleveland, Ohio, convenience store. He was only 18 at the time. Jackson spent time on death row before his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He is the longest-serving person to be exonerated so far in the U.S.