"If sentencing to death and possibly executing an innocent person isn't cruel and unusual punishment, nothing is."

—  Ray Krone, 100th death row exoneree


On Tuesday, September 29th Kwame Ajamu, Chairman of the Board at WTI, spoke at a "Human Rights & Justice" Webinar with Celia Ouellette, CEO, Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (moderator), Christopher Miller, Head of Global Activism Strategy, Ben & Jerry's, and Carleen Pickard, Ethical Campaign Specialist, LUSH. The panel encouraged more businesses to get involved in social justice issues including death penalty abolition.

On Sunday, September 27th, Randal Padget spoke to about 12 students, and their families, from JCP's Hebrew School Project in New York City for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Joaquin Martinez spoke to a wrongful convictions class at Texas Christian University. There were about 30 students present during the virtual class. Joaquin spoke about his journey from wrongful conviction to exoneration, the death penalty as a human rights issue, and the need for more compassion and understanding in the world.

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Our Mission

Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI actively challenges political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. WTI also seeks ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration.

Our Vision

A country that joins more than 140 other nations in abolishing the death penalty in law or in practice. A country that grants fair and speedy compensation to the wrongfully convicted. A country that puts “justice” back into the criminal justice system.

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"As I see it, nothing is more powerful than the stories of these wrongfully convicted men who take us step by step through our faulty criminal justice system as it crushed their lives. Witness to Innocence's exonerated death row survivor speakers are educational, accessible, and above all inspirational. But most amazing of all is their sheer goodness and integrity that keeps them from bitterness and a desire for revenge. Simply by being in their presence changes your life forever. Regardless of you stand on the death penalty, their unique and powerful stories should be heard by all."

—  Sister Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking

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