Miracle of Innocence Inc

At Miracle of Innocence, we help free the innocent and provide care for them when they come home.

Overland Park, KS   |  https://www.miracleofinnocence.org/

Mission

At Miracle of Innocence, we free the innocent and provide care for them when they come home.

Ruling year info

2018

Co-Founder

Darryl A. Burton

Executive Director

Christopher C. Iliff JD

Main address

13725 Metcalf Avenue #285

Overland Park, KS 66223 USA

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EIN

82-2295351

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DNA was first used to conclusively identify criminal assailants in the 1990s. It has become apparent that there are thousands of men and women wrongly convicted and serving lengthy prison sentences for crimes they did not commit. With DNA technology and disclosure of wrongful convictions, there have been efforts to explore the reasons for these wrongful incarcerations and to uncover them, and free the victims of such injustices. The problem of uncovering and then convincing a court of a wrongful conviction is a daunting challenge requiring the work of investigators, forensic experts, and attorneys. Being wrongfully incarcerated and suffering the indignity, frustration, and pain of that injustice are almost unfathomable. Miracle of Innocence (MOI) seeks to right those wrongs by freeing innocent inmates. It also recognizes that upon release those who have been incarcerated are in dire need of services and assistance to re-enter society. MOI is proud to provide such services.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Retrial to Free the Innocent

After an assessment and acceptance process, we assist innocent prisoners with referrals for legal representation. We provide legal resources for case investigation, case development, trial resources, appeals, and prisoner representation.

Population(s) Served

We support the re-entry to society of exonerees through providing or obtaining referrals for housing, credentials & identification, communication, job opportunities, education & training, life skills & mentorship, physical & mental health, and transportation.

Population(s) Served

We aim to educate communities about the needs of innocent prisoners. We educate the public to gain support for their release and re-entry success through public speaking events that emphasize the need for judicial reform, social justice, and racial equity.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Wrongfully incarcerated people
Low-income people
Wrongfully incarcerated people
Low-income people
Wrongfully incarcerated people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The primary goal of Miracle of Innocence (MOI) is to free and exonerate men and women sentenced in Missouri or Kansas to life, death, or lengthy prison terms for crimes they did not commit. Freeing the innocent also involves helping the freed person adjust to life outside the prison. MOI assists them by obtaining the services and materials needed to ease the challenging transition from incarceration to a thriving existence, including clothing, medical care, housing, employment, financial support, and psychological counseling.

Miracle of Innocence (MOI) receives hundreds of requests for help from incarcerated individuals. We look for cases of actual innocence and from that group select cases to work on to free that person from the wrongful conviction. MOI thoroughly studies the complete case record before committing to an inmate. Once committed, MOI conducts a thorough independent investigation, including interviewing witnesses, gathering forensic information, hiring experts, and ultimately obtaining legal representation for the client. Once the person is freed, MOI works with him or her to find employment, housing, and medical care.

Miracle of Innocence (MOI) has developed a dependable base of contributors who have supported us consistently since our founding in 2017. The donor base has increased every year. In addition, our board of directors actively attracts new donors. At times we have found donors who are willing to fund the costs of a specific case. Costs for any given case, however, vary widely. A simple DNA exoneration can cost as little as $30,000 but an exoneration resulting from a full field investigation and court procedure can cost upwards of $350,000. A field investigation can take between 4 to12 years to complete. There are additional costs associated with supporting freed individuals, which costs vary depending on their base of family support. Our current donor base provides us with the financial capability to serve our present caseload.

We have a full-time paid staff of three, a part-time paid staff of two, and ___ retired people and university students who volunteer anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per week reviewing and developing cases. Of the full-time staff, we have a Development Director, Executive Director, and Outreach/Volunteer Director; part-time staff includes two co-founders/exonerees and an administrative assistant; and___ volunteers. We also have two law firms with expertise in post-conviction exonerations on retainer. All of these people enable us to work on our mission. The twelve-member board is also active in furthering the goals of the organization. Everyone who works at MOI is dedicated and enthusiastic about their objectives to identify cases of wrongful conviction, investigate to free the wrongly convicted, and then support them once freed.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Miracle of Innocence Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Petersen

Polsinelli Law Firm

Term: 2020 - 2023

Mary Putney

Accountant

Darryl Burton

Co-Founder

Lamonte McIntyre

Co-Founder

Valerie Burton

Director of Volunteer & Community Outreach

Jim Cousins

Centurion, Inc.

Milton Grimes

Civil Right Attorney

Krista Klaus

Garmin International

Bruce Kusmin

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Tom Mertz

TradeNet Publishing

Kevin Moriarty

Ret. Chief Judge of JoCo DC

Sean O'Brien

UMKC School of Law

Nikki Newton

UMB Wealth Management

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.