Robert Allen

Reginald Braggs, a.ka. Robert Allen, was tortured by Chicago Police Detectives and convicted of three armed robberies and attempted murder based on the detectives’ testimony, inconsistent testimony by witnesses, and a coerced confession given by a friend who was also tortured. He was sentenced to a total of 125 years in prison, some concurrent. Robert Allen has been wrongfully imprisoned since 1990. His expected discharge date is 2055.

Michael D. Smith

Tragically, on May 19, 2011, Michael D. Smith died from prostate cancer at Dixon Correctional Center. He had been in prison over 30 years for a crime he did not commit. Although diagnostic tests had revealed the disease years earlier, the failure of the Illinois Department of Corrections to correctly diagnose and properly treat Smith resulted in his death, which would have been completely preventable with the appropriate medical care.

Howard Morgan

Howard Morgan, a former Chicago Police Officer before spending 13 years as a Railroad Police Officer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, pulled over on his way home the morning of February 21, 2005, because he saw a police car behind him and was letting it pass. To Mr. Morgan’s surprise, he discovered that the police had stopped him for an alleged traffic violation.

Jacqueline Montanez

Jacqueline Montanez is a 35-year-old woman who has been in prison for 20 years for a murder she committed in 1992 when she was 15. Her sentence of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) violates the basic principles of the juvenile justice system that children should be treated differently than adults. Teens are both more impulsive than adults, but also have more of a capacity for change. Jacqueline Montanez today is a mature, caring woman, accepts responsibility for what she did as a 15 year old, but, in her words, is “trapped in a cement casket.”

Montell Johnson

On August 25, 2011, Montell Johnson came home after 13 years in Illinois prisons. He suffers from advanced chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. He is almost completely paralyzed – he can only move his right arm and his head a little. He can’t talk or do anything else. He is fed through a tube into his stomach. His mother, Gloria Johnson-Ester, takes care of him full time.

James Harris

News flash: James Harris’ conviction for first degree murder was vacated and a new trial ordered by the United States of America Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on the grounds that the jury that convicted him unconstitutionally excluded African Americans. His trial is currently pending in the Cook County Criminal Court. Contact the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression for trial dates and times , 312-939-2750 or

Mark Clements

Mark Clements Released from Prison August 18, 2009! Clements accepted a plea in exchange for resentencing him to time served on August 18. He admitted to no crime in the plea, stipulating only to facts that were in evidence. Attorneys with the Northwester University Center on Wrongful Convictions are working with Clements to prepare a petition for Clemency.

Angela Bowers

Angela Bowers is spending a virtual life sentence in prison. The only thing that is certain is that her life has been tragic. Angela Bowers and her children have been ground up by a society and a system defined by white supremacy, racism, poverty, and injustice. Her case exemplifies everything that’s wrong.