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Calvin Duncan


Calvin Duncan, hailed by New York magazine as one of the nation’s “most renowned jailhouse lawyers,” is a tireless advocate for people in prison who have no access to legal counsel. Falsely accused of murder at the young age of 19, Calvin endured a life sentence without the possibility of parole until he was finally released after serving 28 ½ years in Louisiana prisons in 2011 with the assistance of the Innocence Project New Orleans, which he co-founded from inside prison in 2001. Calvin is co-creator of The Visiting Room Project. In 2023, Calvin achieved his lifelong dream of completing law school, obtaining a JD degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon.

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