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Confront injustice

Wrongful convictions happen all over the country and are caused by all kinds of factors, including false confessions, police or prosecutor misconduct, eyewitness misidentification, ineffective defense counsel, and others. Some of our team are, tragically, all too familiar with this. However, we choose hope and the hard work of proving innocence over being defeated by injustice.

Meet Our People

Meet Our Founders

As one of the West Memphis 3, Jason spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. John, who has years of experience in public affairs communications, played an important role in bringing media and public attention to the WM3 case. After Jason’s release, they began planning how they could most effectively advocate for other victims of wrongful conviction. Proclaim Justice is the result of those dreams and conversations.

Jason Baldwin

CO-FOUNDER
Jason Baldwin was released from prison in August 2011 after serving more than 18 years in Arkansas for crimes he did not commit.  He is currently pursuing undergraduate studies with ...
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John Hardin

Co-founder and Executive Director
Prior to co-founding Proclaim Justice, John spent his career in political and public affairs consulting, specializing in communications and field organizing. He has worked on a range of issues at ...
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Board of Directors

Proclaim Justice is served by a board full of dedicated activists. Their wide networks, energy, ideas, and commitment to the cause is what makes the organization possible. Each member is full of empathy and is quick with a laugh or witty remark, which helps when dealing with the intensity and hard work of freeing the innocent from prison. We're fortunate to have each member on our team.

Team Members

We are fortunate to have some wonderful, accomplished people volunteer with us. From technical needs to communications expertise to important counsel and advice, Proclaim Justice simply could not function without these and other selfless volunteers.

FAQ

Do you only take DNA cases?

Evidence subject to DNA testing is available in only 5-10% of criminal cases. We welcome those cases, but we also accept cases in which full reinvestigations are necessary.

What does it mean to use public relations and field organizing on cases?

Public and media relations can mean a number of things, but for our purposes it means raising awareness about cases of wrongful conviction to the media (both traditional and new) and the public. Legal cases are often talked about in very technical terms. We turn legal jargon into plain language in order to effectively educate the community about the injustice that has occurred and compel community involvement. There are countless methods of carrying this out, and we develop the most effective plan for each case.

Do you conduct media and public campaigns for every client?

No, we do not. We strongly believe in the value it provides for our clients because we have seen it work in both the West Memphis 3 and Daniel Villegas cases. However, we also recognize that every case may not benefit from these methods. That decision is made by the entire defense team and is never undertaken over the objections of our clients or their attorneys.

How does Proclaim Justice determine which cases to take

We review every case that is submitted to us exactly and completely as we have outlined here. We then begin an internal process in which a number of factors are considered before we determine whether or not we can put resources into a particular case.

Can I volunteer with Proclaim Justice?

We need volunteers for everything from replying to inmates, to case development volunteers, to public relations professionals and attornerys looking to donate their time to a case. Please contact us at (512) 605-7525 or email us here.