Standing behind the Dallas County Commissioners are, from left to right:
Christopher Scott, founder and CEO; Johnnie Lindsey, board member and investigator; Thomas McGowan, investigator; Michelle Moore, secretary of the board; Steven Phillips, board member and Investigator; and Jamille Bradfield, board member.
The House of Renewed Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2010 by Christopher Scott to address the issue of wrongful conviction. Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted, sentenced to life in prison and served nearly 13 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Mr. Scott’s attorney, Michelle Moore, and the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Scott was proven innocent and his conviction was overturned in 2009. Upon his release, Christopher Scott soon established an agency to investigate legitimate claims of innocence of incarcerated individuals in Texas. The Dallas Morning News, in fact, honored Mr. Scott in 2012 as Texan of the Year for his work.
Commissioner Price choked up when recalling the birth of the exoneration project and praised Scott and the staff saying “There is no one more qualified to speak on wrongful convictions than the men and women who have suffered these unspeakable miscarriages of justice.” House of Renewed Hope is actively examining criminal cases where convicted Texas inmates have consistently maintained their innocence and there is sufficient cause or evidence to warrant a fresh investigation and post-conviction DNA testing. The organization’s annual fundraising event will be held on July 9, 2013, at 300 Dallas in Addison, Texas. Funds generated will be earmarked to help pay for DNA testing, polygraph testing and services, court, consultant and attorneys’ fees, private investigator training and licensing for exonerees, ongoing education and training costs, travel costs and general operating expenses.