Making an Exoneree

Since 1989, more than 2,700 people have been exonerated, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. Together, they lost nearly 25,000 years of their lives incarcerated for crimes they didn’t commit.

Since 2018, Georgetown undergraduates have become advocates for individuals with strong cases for exoneration through the “Making an Exoneree” course through the Georgetown College of Arts & Sciences. In small groups, students delve into these cases and produce short documentaries in hopes of proving the innocence of their clients.

PJI Director Marc Howard and his childhood friend Marty Tankleff, who was himself wrongfully incarcerated for almost 18 years before his exoneration, teach “Making an Exoneree” each spring semester.

In 2018, three students’ documentary helped exonerate Valentino Dixon, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 28 years. And in 2021, Eric Riddick and Keith Washington were released after serving 29 and 13 years in prison, respectively. Most recently, Arlando “Tray Jones III was released in July being incarcerated for over 37 years.

Arlando "Tray" Jones III

Tray Jones Comes Home After 37 Years

August 1st, 2022

Sentenced to life in 1985 when he was just 16 years old, Arlando “Tray” Jones III walked out of prison on July 29, 2022, two days after his 54th birthday. It had been more than 37 years since he had last been free. …

2022 Cases

Billie Allen
Shanda Crain
Omar Hooks
Faarooq Mansour
Tim Young

2021 Cases

Rodney Derrickson
Arlando “Tray” Jones
Melvin Ortiz
Charles Santana
Raymond Allan Warren

2020 Cases

Anthony Apanovitch
Terrel Barros
Edward Martinez
Jermane Scott
Keith Washington

2019 Cases

Christina Boyer
John Brookins
James Fowler
Tjane Marshall
Eric Riddick
Nanon Williams

2018 Cases

Kenneth Bond
Valentino Dixon
John Moss III
Tim Wright

Click here to watch all of the documentaries on YouTube, and visit the Making an Exoneree website to keep up with the cases.