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our work toward abolition


The cornerstone of Witness to Innocence’s work is our legislative and advocacy efforts fighting for death penalty abolition state-by-state and nationwide. Death row exonerees, and the issue of innocence, have been pivotal in every state that has abolished the death penalty in the last 15 years. 


We have marched and testified across the country, from the Texas governor’s mansion, to the Arizona capitol building, to the Arkansas state legislature. We gave testimony to the New Hampshire legislature year after year until they finally abolished the death penalty. Our members have been featured across national media including WHYY’s Radio Times, CBS This Morning, and the Washington Post. We have met with district attorneys, judges, police officers, congressional reps and senators, among others, to discuss wrongful convictions and capital punishment.

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Exoneree Speakers Bureau 

The death row exonrees of WTI share their powerful stories with colleges, high schools, faith communities, and organizations to educate about much-needed systemic change.


We have adjusted to meet virtual speaking needs during COIVD-19. Exonerees have participated in numerous online speaking engagements, as their important abolition work continues, even in these unprecedented times.

Learn more about our work to abolish the death penalty:​

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