The Innocence Network Champion of Justice Award was created to honor public servants who go above and beyond in supporting and championing efforts that free the wrongfully convicted, and/or reform the criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions. This year's recipient will be Congressman Cedric Richmond, who represents Louisiana's Second District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Richmond has been a stalwart champion of innocence issues and fairness in the criminal justice system throughout his legislative career. As a state legislator, Congressman Richmond advocated for important legislation concerning DNA testing, compensation, evidence destruction and innocence protection reforms. His tireless advocacy for the freedom of the Angola 3, three men who were wrongfully convicted in 1973 for the murder of a prison guard and held in solitary confinement despite no physical evidence linking them to the crime, and the abolition of the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is admirable.