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The Ohio Innocence Project Comes to the Classroom

“They got 20 years of my life. They’re not getting one more second of it.” Dean Gillispie shared these powerful words with Jen Faber’s world history class during a presentation about the Ohio Innocence Project, founded in 2003 to identify Ohio inmates who are actually innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. Gillispie spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and was released, thanks to the hard work of lawyers and law students. Alumnus TJ Robinson ’13 works with the Ohio Innocence Project and helped answer many of the questions students had about the organization. Gillispie said the organization works because of passionate people like Robinson, people who are essentially “banging their heads against the wall every day.” Robinson said three to four attorneys supervise 20 law students who are actively investigating anywhere from 30-40 cases at a time. The moving and informative presentation engaged students and gave them a look at the justice system from the perspective of those who are impacted by it every day.