EXPLORING INNOCENCE (Update 2) by Angela Derrick

I can only imagine what it is like to sit locked away in a cell waiting for someone to own up. Many are still waiting. Some have been freed and still they wait for someone to own the miscarriage of justice.

Here, Cincinnati, Ohio, at the 2011 Innocence Network Conference: An International Exploration of Wrongful Conviction, I was privileged and honored to witness a beautiful, awesome sight: 102 exonerees standing together, the largest gathering ever. It was a vision of inspiration, a triumph of the human spirit.

The Innocence Network is an international network that is made up of 65 individual Innocence Projects in the United States and around the world. At the conference this weekend are guests, representatives, presenters from 20 countries.

Approximately 500 people from a range of countries across the world have attended this major conference.

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RED! columnist Angela Derrick is reporting from the 2011 Innocence Network Conference this weekend, April 7 – April 10.

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