1. What is the Pruno Project?

Authors Nikki Pope and Courtney Lance created The Pruno Project to bring awareness to the general public on wrongful convictions; the causes, the devastating effects and the cures. The mission of The Pruno Project is to help exonerees, men and women who have been wrongfully convicted and subsequently found innocent, reclaim their lives and dignity. The Pruno Project’s inaugural project was publishing Pruno, Ramen and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction. The book can be purchased through this website. Click “Order” on the ribbon at the top of this page.

2. How do wrongful convictions happen?

People are wrongfully convicted in a number of ways; perjured testimony, false witness, mistaken witness identity, poor or inadequate defense, prosecutorial or law enforcement misconduct, faulty forensic science, or snitch testimony. You will find that many of our stories in Pruno, Ramen and a Side of Hope illustrate a number of these ways.

3. How can I help someone who has been wrongfully convicted?

There are a number of ways you can help:

a. You may immediately help by purchasing our book, reading it and writing a review on Amazon.com. A large portion of the book proceeds will be provided to the story tellers in Pruno, Ramen and a Side of Hope and organizations that provide appellate services to the wrongfully convicted.

b. In Pruno, Ramen and a Side of Hope you will find lots of information that you might share with others on wrongful conviction. Share the stories you have read.

c. Read more about wrongful conviction through news outlets and innocence projects.

d. Support innocence projects around the country. They are minimally staffed with limited resources; mostly affiliated with law schools and employ or request volunteer law school students to support their efforts. www.innocencenetwork.org

e. You may also write to your local politicians and congressional representatives and demand that changes are made to improve our justice system: adopt best practices in eyewitness identification and recording of suspect and witness interrogations; increase accountability for and oversight of prosecutors and defense attorneys; end the privatization of our prisons. http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

4. What can I do if I have a story to share?

If you have a story or an article on the topic, consider submitting your story to be published on our blog. We will review your story to ensure that it meets the protocols of our webhost and our mission. You will be asked to sign a release for the rights to the story that you submit.

5. Where can I send my blog submission?

Send your blog submission to our blog editor. Your submission may be edited for length and/or style.

6. What is the Pruno Project doing now?

The Pruno Project is producing an audiobook of Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope. If you’d like to make a donation to help offset production costs, let us know and we’ll tell you how to do it. There are still some gifts with donation left from our Kickstarter campaign. For example, a $25 donation will get you a digital download of the audiobook before it is available to the public.