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Tyrone Mitchell's Freedom Fund

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Ten years ago, Tyrone Mitchell was arrested, tried, and convicted of distribution of cocaine. Despite glaring holes in law enforcement's narrative of what happened, the fact that he had never committed a crime of violence, and the fact that he was 40 years old, employed, and supported by his church and family, Mr. Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison. His lawyer did nothing to deter the judge from imposing a life sentence. She did not object, file motions, or offer any evidence to demonstrate that Mr. Mitchell did not deserve to die in prison.

For 10 years, Mr. Mitchell performed hard labor at Louisiana State Penitentiary. When lawyers from IPNO’s Unjust Punishment Project learned about Mr. Mitchell’s case, they filed a petition arguing that he was entitled to a new sentence because of the failure of his trial lawyer to protect his rights. Yesterday, a judge agreed that Mr. Mitchell did not deserve to spend one day more in prison, and today he is home with his three daughters, a free man for the first time in a decade.

He looks forward to spending time with family and working toward several goals, including mentorship and continuing education. Mr. Mitchell plans to build on skills from prior work experience in flooring and eventually pursue his own business. Please help support Mr. Mitchell in reaching his goals!
Mr. Mitchell was freed through Innocence Project New Orleans' Unjust Punishment Project. All donations to this fundraiser go directly to Mr. Mitchell, not IPNO. If you have any questions or would prefer to mail Mr. Mitchell a check, you can contact us at
Mr. Mitchell also has an Amazon Wishlist, available here:


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New Orleans, LA
Tyrone Mitchell

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