Iconic basketball player Maya Moore is partnering with Change.org, the world’s leading petition platform for change, to demand a fair trial for Jonathan Irons, a man who was wrongfully convicted of attempted burglary in Missouri in 1997, now serving his 22nd year of a 50-year sentence.
The campaign, Win With Justice, a project powered by Athletes for Impact, the leading athlete activist network in America, is a daring and bold social action campaign aimed at educating the public about the excessive power that prosecutors have in maintaining and expanding mass incarceration, while also inspiring the public into action.
As Maya says, “I’ve known Jonathan for over a decade, and I’m fighting to make sure his case gets a fair review. I’m calling attention to the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe resulted in Jonathan being wrongfully sent to prison for 50 years as a teenager.”
Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997 for a crime that he did not commit. He was just 16 years old when he was arrested and wrongfully convicted (as an adult) for the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner during a burglary. There was no DNA evidence, fingerprints, physical evidence, or footprint evidence collected ever linking Jonathan to the crime.
“Win With Justice is a resounding call to action,” said NFL Player and A4I core member Michael Bennett. “I stand alongside Maya Moore demanding that new evidence be considered, and that justice be granted to Jonathan Irons, and the over 10,000 people wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year.”
Since stepping away from professional basketball, the former WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist has worked tirelessly on Jonathan’s case, most recently, by speaking at schools, at the Congressional Black Caucus and The Marshall Project in Washington, DC to coincide with the launch of the nationwide petition. She is asking Judge Daniel Green and Missouri Assistant Attorney General Patrick J. Logang, and the Office of the District Attorney of Saint Charles County to take into account the undeniable facts and new evidence now available in Jonathan’s case, and ultimately provide Jonathan the freedom that he so rightly deserves.
Join Maya and Athletes for Impact in demanding justice for Jonathan Irons once and for all.