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Freedom for the Englewood 5, but the struggle against forced confessions continues.

Englewood press conference

 

on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the Innocence Project, the Englewood 5 are free--bringing justice for some who've waited nearly 20 years.1

On November 16th, a Cook County judge vacated the convictions of a group of innocent Black men, known as the Englewood 5, who were falsely arrested and harshly prosecuted for crimes they did not commit.2 This decision and the November 3rd exoneration of the Dixmoor 5 in a separate but similar case show that evidence, hope, and tireless legal and community advocacy can overcome long-standing injustices.

This is a huge victory and we hope you’ll continue to work with ColorOfChange.org as we take on inequality in the criminal justice system. Remember, our work is powered by you, our members. Please consider contributing to ColorOfChange to help ensure that we'll be able to secure such victories in the future:

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Black Americans and people of color regularly and disproportionately experience the devastating consequences of being swept up in the criminal justice system. Mass incarceration, criminalization, police brutality, and racial profiling are endured with such frequency that this kind of oppression becomes part of daily life for too many of us. We know that this system of injustice must change and we remain inspired by the compassion and commitment of ColorOfChange members, like you.

This week's victory closes a painful chapter in Chicago's criminal justice system. However, forced confessions and wrongful convictions remain, particularly for youth of color. We will not rest until these abusive and discriminatory practices end--and we can only do this together.

Thanks and Peace,

-- Rashad, James, Gabriel, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   November 21st, 2011

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