Today is a BIG day. Today, the Rhode Island state legislature will conduct a hearing on House bill 5329 requiring compensation for those wrongfully convicted, like former Warwick, RI Police Detective Scott Hornoff, who received a life sentence for a crime he did not commit. NEIP will be there to show our support and fight for justice. If passed, Rhode Island will join 33 states nationwide that provide some form of compensation for the innocent who, through no fault of their own, suffered great loss.
Nothing can replace the years innocent people like Scott lost behind bars. And for exonerees like Scott, once the shackles are gone, many barriers to re-entering society remain: No access to good paying jobs, no affordable housing, no mental or physical healthcare. In addition, exonerees receive no assistance from the very state that unjustly took their liberty. (Even those convicted of a crime are offered supports and services once released!)
Together, let’s help those the system has failed. If you reside in Rhode Island, join us in the fight for compensation for the innocent by contacting your Rhode Island legislators today and let them know "it's time for Rhode Island to do right by its exonerees, pass HB 5329!"
If you are not a Rhode Island resident, we still need you to ACT! Please take a moment right now to sign the national Innocence Project petition to show your support for passing HB 5329 to compensate and bring justice to the wrongfully convicted. Sign the Petition