Center on Wrongful Convictions
Thirty-six innocent men and women in Illinois were exonerated due to efforts of the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC). Prior to the Center's founding in 1998, members of its staff were instrumental in 14 additional exonerations - including that of Gary Dotson, who in 1989 became the first person in the world to be exonerated by DNA. More...
Home just in time for the holidays
PEORIA, Nov. 27—For the first time in 19 years, Christopher Coleman will spend Thanksgiving at home with his family.
Christopher, a CWC client who will turn 40 on December 3, was freed late November 26 after spending nearly half of his life behind bars for a home invasion, robbery, and rape that the Illinois Supreme Court found “compelling evidence” he did not commit. His family posted a $10,000 cash bond to secure his release pending a possible retrial. More...
Karen and Christopher are shown above immediately after his release.