On Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12 pm CST, the Tennessee Innocence Project will host its Envision Innocence 2020 virtual fundraising event. Emceed by Emmy award winning Middle Tennessee news anchor Demetria Kalodimos, the event will feature a conversation between Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham and Dr. Yusef Salaam, a committed advocate and educator, focusing on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. Yusef, a member of the Exonerated Five, received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama, was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018, and is a part of the Netflix Feature limited series, When They See Us, based on the true story of the “Central Park Five.” The two will discuss the importance of innocence work and the movement to litigate and prevent wrongful convictions for people in Tennessee and across the U.S.
Lieff Cabraser is a proud sponsor of the event.
About the Tennessee Innocence Project
Innocence projects seek to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing, and to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. Launched in February 2019 as the first full-time innocence organization in the state, the Tennessee Innocence Project represents men and women across Tennessee making claims of innocence in the face of a wrongful or fraudulently-obtained conviction. Learn more at tninnocence.org