Via: Innocence Blog
Sunny Jacobs Stars in “The Exonerated” This Week
Posted: September 24, 2012 5:15 pm
Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs spoke with The New Yorker on the eve of her performance in “The Exonerated” at Culture Project. Jacobs is one of six people freed from death row who are featured in the play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. The current production stars Delroy Lindo, Stockard Channing, Lyle Lovett and others, and will feature Jacobs for just one week to play the role of herself.
Jacobs told The New Yorker:
“I was asked to fill in as a Sunny. At first, it was difficult, and then it was freeing. It is not easy to dig down inside and relive the most painful parts of one’s life night after night. But the overwhelming feelings of love that I felt from the cast and crew, and, afterward, from the audience, were very healing. I feel very blessed for having had the opportunity.”
The Innocence Project will participate in talkbacks after the performances on September 27, October 11 and November 1.
Read the original blog post at www.innocenceproject.org
The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, 297 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.
The Innocence Project’s full-time staff attorneys and Cardozo clinic students provide direct representation or critical assistance in most of these cases. The Innocence Project’s groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project’s mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.