Mississippi Innocence Project

Jimmie Bass

Jimmy-BassJimmie Bass was wrongfully convicted in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1988 for aggravated assault and armed robbery. Mr. Bass was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was 18 years old when arrested and 36 years old when released – having spent half his life behind bars.

After 2½ years of litigation by IPNO, with the assistance of volunteer co-counsel Mérrida Coxwell, Mr. Bass’ conviction was reversed by the Bolivar County Circuit Court in June 2006. The State spent years appealing the trial court’s decision to no avail. Mr. Bass was finally exonerated in March 2010 when the State dismissed the charges against him.

2006
  • Exoneration Cedric Willis
    Conviction: Capital Murder, Armed Robbery
    Years Served: 12
2007
  • MIP Established Mississippi Innocence Project Established at University of Mississippi School of Law
2008
  • Exoneration Levon Brooks
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 18
  • Exoneration Kennedy Brewer
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 13
  • Legislation Mississippi DNA Task Force Formed
  • Exoneration Arthur Johnson
    Charge: Rape
    Years Served: 16
2009
  • Exoneration Calvin Wilks
    Charge: Murder
    Years Served: 3.5
  • Legislation DNA Preservation and Post-Conviction Testing Signed into Law
  • Legislation Compensation Statute Provides Funds to Wrongfully Convicted
2010
  • Exoneration Kevin Norwood
    Charge: Armed Carjacking
    Years Served: 15
  • Exoneration Philip Bivens
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 30
  • Legislation Requiring Board Licensing for pathologists performing State Funded Aubottomsies
  • Exoneration Larry Ruffin (Posthumously)
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 30
  • Exoneration Bobby Ray Dixon
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 30
2011
  • Legislation Establishing non-partisan, diverse panel tasked with appointing state medical examiner and creating advisory panel to aid medical examiner office issues
  • Legislation Eye-witness ID training
2012
2013
  • Legislation Helped to defeat HB 788
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