Featured Articles

Our exoneree members make unique and compelling subjects for print media of all types – dailies, weeklies, magazines, wire services, blogs, national or international, conservative or liberal, secular or faith based – you name it. So next time you are looking for a fascinating, provocative or inspirational subject for your readers, look no further and give us a call at 267-519-4583 or email sanderson@witnesstoinnocence.org.

Select News Articles on Our Members and Witness to Innocence


"Life After Death Row: The resurrection of Damon Thibodeaux" by Mary Lynn Smith in The Minneapolis Star Tribune



"How some states limit compensation in wrongful convictions." by Emanuella Grinberg at CNN.com (part of Death Row Stories series)



"Walking free from death row into a new nightmare" by Agence France-Presse international news agency



"The Uncommon Life and Natural Death of Delbert Tibbs" by Andrew Cohen in The Atlantic



"Capital punishment is murder - especially for the wrongfully accused" by Lindsey Bever in The Guardian (print and video interivew with Shujaa Graham)



“Once On Death Row, He Now Fights To End The Death Penalty” by Margot Adler, NPR, “All Things Considered” (story and audio)

"The long, hard half-life of Lawyer Johnson" in The Boston Globe
This is a beautifully written and poignant portrait of Lawyer Johnson.

“When guilt or innocence is a matter of life or death” in The Irish Times (Ireland)

“El descenso de ejecuciones no logra reabrir el debate en EEUU sobre la pena capital” (EFE News Wire – Spanish/Portuguese)
Shujaa Graham was interviewed by EFE News Agency, the fourth largest news wire service in the world, and the article was picked up in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries worldwide.

“A Death Penalty Fight Comes Home” in The New York Times

“Death and Dollars”, Dayton City Paper, and “I’m The Miracle: The Story of Exoneree Derrick Jamison”, The Louisiana Justice Institute

“From death row to hero: How Randy Steidl became the face of capital punishment repeal” in the Illinois Times

“Former death row inmate represents himself in $360M suit against city” in the Chicago Defender

“Warum Staaten toten” in Der Tagesspiegel
This is a nice two-page spread in Der Tagesspiegel on Delbert Tibbs and the death penalty in America.

"Death Row Survivor: Saved from execution after seventeen years."
Great feature length article on Juan Melendez's talk at Harvard Law School in The Record, the oldest law student newspaper in America.

"Wrongful Convictions: How many innocent Americans are behind bars" by Radley Balko in Reason Magazine



Select Features on Witness to Innocence

“The Club of the Resuscitated” in El Pais Semanal (English)
This article, which originally appeared in an earlier issue of El Pais, Spain’s highest circulation daily newspaper, was selected by the editors in 2012 as one of its seminal articles of the last 20 years. We are especially fond of this article because it was written by our friend Alvaro Corcuera Ortiz de Guinea, with the stunning photography by Sofia Moro that appears throughout our website.

“The Innocence List” in Sojourners magazine
This is the online version of the article by Kimberly Burge that appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rev. Jim Wallis’ award-winning monthly on faith and social justice issues, and we have beautiful reprints to share with journalists interested in doing a feature on Witness to Innocence.

“Freed to Speak” in PRISM Magazine
Our great friend and supporter of the exonerees, Kristyn Komarnicki, edits this bimonthly magazine for Evangelicals for Social Action, and was the first in the faith community in the United States to commission a feature on Witness to Innocence. We also have reprints of this fantastic article available for journalists and editors considering a piece on us.

Our ancestors…purged their guilt by banishment, not death. And by so doing, they stopped that endless vicious cycle of murder and revenge.

– Euripides, ancient Greek playwright (3rd century BC) and very early supporter of abolition

One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.

– Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist, poet

The death sentence is abominable, as abominable as the crime itself. Our state must be based on love, not hatred and victimization. Our penal code must be based on rehabilitation rather than annihilation.

– Chenjerai Hove, exiled Zimbabwean poet, novelist, and essayist


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