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Illinois Innocence Project's John Hanlon | Community Voices

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John Hanlon

John Hanlon, executive/legal director of the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP), joins Bea Bonner to learn the latest in exonerations and activities at IIP. The Illinois Innocence Project works to correct miscarriages of justice, educate the public about wrongful convictions, and reform the state's criminal justice system.

Orginally aired May 7, 2021.


John Hanlon serves as Adjunct Faculty for the UIS Legal Studies and/or Criminal Justice departments since 2004.  He presently teaches a class on Wrongful Convictions. Previously, he was employed by the Illinois State Appellate Defender’s office in Springfield where he worked almost exclusively on the appellate defense of death penalty cases, during which he represented 4 of the 21 wrongfully convicted individuals who were ultimately released to freedom from Illinois’ death row.

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Beatrice is the Community Voices Editor for NPR Illinois. Reach Bea at communityvoices@nprillinois.org.
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