Joyce King was the first non-lawyer to serve on the executive board of directors for the Innocence Project of Texas. She was privileged to work with more than a dozen exonerated men, educating the public, raising awareness on wrongful convictions, and changing legislation, including her work to help pass The Timothy Cole Compensation Law.
Two men—James Woodard and Glenn Ford—one from Texas and the other from Louisiana, both asked Joyce to continue her work of reviewing wrongful and questionable convictions,to continue her work challenging officials to install policies that help prevent injustices while rooting out corrupt prosecutors.
James served 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. In 2008, James became the “17th Dallas man” exonerated by DNA. His story was shared on 60 Minutes. Tragically, James Woodard died in 2012.Glenn served 30 years on death row at Angola for a murder he did not commit. In 2014, Glenn was exonerated by new information. His case was featured on 60 Minutes.
Sadly, Glenn Ford died in 2015.
Joyce King is keeping her promise to both.