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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Philadelphia District Attorney
Head Coach Lloyd Pierce
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 Justice, How 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.
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.
At last year’s conference…
sessions & workshops.
A selection of photos from last year’s conference
#INConf2018 Highlights on Twitter
We are back from an inspirational #InConf2018 in Memphis, 800 strong – with more #exonerees than ever there, collectively having wrongly served 3501 years in prison. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of MLK’s murder, we marched from our hotel to the motel where he was killed. pic.twitter.com/830ZH3csYo
— The Sunny Center (@SunnyCenterFDN) March 27, 2018
— AZ Justice Project (@ArizonaJP) March 24, 2018
3,501 years of life lost to wrongful imprisonment gathered in Memphis tonight for the #INConf2018
— Amanda Marie Knox (@amamaknox) March 24, 2018
After 11 years spent in Kgosi Mampuru and other SA prisons, wrongfully convicted exoneree Thembekile Molaudzi registers with 200 other exonerees and 500 lawyers for the Innocence Conference in Memphis. @InConf2018 @WitsJusticeProj @AntonHarber pic.twitter.com/57aqwy696j
— Carolyn Raphaely (@CarolynRaphaely) March 22, 2018
150+ exonerees marched to Lorraine Motel on Sat. to protest wrongful convictions and recognize 50 yrs since MLK’s assassination. Since 1989 2,189 ppl have been freed who served 19,190 yrs for crimes they didn’t do. Time to get back to work! #INConf2018 #XONR8 #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/xuY4K4mYhk
— Mike Semanchik (@MSemanchik) March 26, 2018
— NE Innocence Project (@NEInnocence) March 24, 2018
— Manuel Garrido (@ManuGarridoOk) March 25, 2018
Black people in America are presumed guilty, not innocent. No one knows that better than Innocence Network Conference keynote speaker, Deputy Legal Director of the @ACLU
— NorCalInnocence (@NorCalInnocence) March 23, 2018
— BCIP (@BCInnocence) March 22, 2018
— Kimberly Cook (@cookk_j) March 25, 2018
IPNO clients Kia Stewart, Don Degruy and Reginald Adams (amongst others) are headed to Memphis on this beautiful day for the Innocence Network Conference. Here’s to learning and sharing with other innocence projects from around the world! #INConf2018 #IstandwithIPNO pic.twitter.com/JRVcDFBe5l
— IPNO (@InnocenceProjNO) March 22, 2018
Special thanks to all the innocence organizations worldwide that participated in #inconf2018. I have again left with a renewed sense of hope for so many #wrongfullyconvicted innocents who await their day of freedom and also those who have come home to freedom. Bravo everyone!
— Maria Shepherd (@mamadukes4life) March 26, 2018
— AZ Justice Project (@ArizonaJP) March 24, 2018
— Healing Justice (@Healing_Justice) March 24, 2018
Excellent to attend the International Meeting. We got to find out more about the amazing projects that are doing such important work around the world! @innocencelondon #INConf2018 pic.twitter.com/0PfE6fkiTH
— Annie (@_AnnieGracee) March 24, 2018
— Valena Beety (@valenabeety) March 25, 2018