Join us at the 2019 Conference. Registration is now open!

The Innocence Network Conference is a national event that brings together members of the innocence movement and others for two days of powerful plenary and breakout sessions. The theme of this year’s conference will be “The Presumption of Innocence,” and we are planning a host of educational sessions that will address issues impacting the wrongfully convicted and their advocates. 

Please contact Virginia Taddoni with any questions about registration. Please contact Shanah Kennedy Hobson with any questions about our hotel blocks at the Westin Peachtree Plaza and the Marriott Marquis Atlanta. Please note that while the hotel websites may say fully booked the first time you search, rooms are released regularly. We encourage you to check the hotel links intermittently to locate a room. Click here to learn more about travel discounts with Delta and United Airlines.



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View the Schedule at a Glance


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Schedule at a Glance

Featured Speakers

Shaun King
Activist, Journalist

Larry Krasner
Philadelphia District Attorney

Head Coach Lloyd Pierce
Atlanta Hawks

Network Awards

The recipient of this year’s Champion of Justice Award will be the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community. The committee was nominated by Peter Neufeld, Chris Fabricant, and Glinda Cooper of the Innocence Project. One of the committee’s co-chairs, Judge Harry Edwards, will be accepting the award on behalf of the committee. The committee is being recognized for producing the 2009 report “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward” which spurred a sea change in the state of forensic science in the United States and the recruitment of the research community in service of criminal justice reform. The NAS report is the foundation upon which the Network’s policy reform and strategic litigation efforts are based. In the last 10 years it has provided the support for forensic science research investments, engagement of the scientific research community, and science-based criminal justice reform initiatives, influenced a debate on the courts’ gatekeeping responsibilities, and reframed the national conversation on forensic science.  

This year’s recipient will be Melissa Segura for her reporting in Buzzfeed News. She was nominated by Josh Tepfer of the Exoneration Project for her series exposing corruption within the Chicago police department. The articles selected in the nomination to represent the series included Detective Guevara’s Witnesses: A Chicago Cop Is Accused Of Framing 51 People For Murder. Now, The Fight For JusticeHow To Close Two Stubborn Murder Cases In One Night, Chicago PD–Style, and Two Brothers Allege They Were Framed To Protect A Police Drug Ring.


Closing Event

The closing event for the conference this year will be held on Saturday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the College Football Hall of Fame. Admission to the closing event for exonerees and their conference-registered family members is free, and is $58 for all other attendees. Tickets include a buffet and two drink tickets (wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages). If you are an exoneree or a conference-registered exoneree family member, no additional registration is required to attend. If you are a student, Innocence Network member, public interest/government attendee, or a general admission attendee, you must purchase a ticket in addition to your conference registration to attend.


Schedule & Meals

The Network Conference will officially begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12th and end at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13th. A public, outdoor rally will be held on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in Centennial Olympic Park. Exonerees and their conference-registered family members are invited to a dinner and reception on the evening of Thursday, April 11th. Click here to view our Schedule at a Glance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all conference attendees on Friday and Saturday. Dinner will be provided on Friday evening. A buffet will be provided to attendees of the Saturday night closing event.


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A selection of photos from last year’s conference


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