The Exoneration of Thaddeus Jimenez



On May 1, Thaddeus “TJ” Jimenez, who at 13 was sent to prison for 50 years for a murder he did not commit, walked out of Illinois’s Hill Correctional Center a free man. With the help of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, TJ’s 1994 conviction and sentence were vacated. (Photo by Loren Swntow)

Maurice Possley, a John Jay/Guggenheim fellow, wrote about TJ’s case for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Click here to watch video of TJ’s reunion with his mother, and hear his attorney tell the story of how this young teen was falsely accused and then tried as an adult for a crime someone else committed.

Use The Crime Report to learn more about Youth Tried as Adults.

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