The Innocence Project By Barry Scheck And Peter Neufeld Essay

1748 Words Jul 15th, 2016 7 Pages
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. They created the Innocence Project to help wrongfully accused people get out of jail. They looked at cases where people were wrongfully incarcerated and through DNA, try to help them regain their freedom that they deserve. Their mission statement is “to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment”. Since the Innocence Project Started, they have so far released 342 wrongfully committed people from jail who on average spent about 14 years in jail for a crime that they did not commit. That is 342 people who, without the Innocence Project, might never have had a taste of freedom again in their lifetime (Home, 2016 and Latest News, Events, Updates, 2016). Christopher Abernathy was one of those 342 people that the Innocence Project helped to set free. He spent way over the 14-year average in jail. He spent 28 whole years in jail for a crime that he did not commit. Christopher is from Illinois and was sentenced to life in prison for First Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, and Armed Robbery on January 1, 1987. He was not released from prison until February 11, 2015 (Christopher Abernathy, 2016). On October 4, 1984, a 15-year-old girl named Kristina Hickey disappeared and was found a couple days later. She had been raped and murdered. There were a few reasons that Christopher Abernathy…

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