March 26, 2014
Brian Banks was a client of California's Innocence Project but his story is reflective of what many experience across the country.
"The age of 16 during summer school I decided to go to an area on campus that was known as a make-out spot...by the end of the day I was being arrested and accused of kidnapping and multiple counts of rape," said Banks.
Banks served 5 years of a wrongful incarceration. Shortly after serving time he realized he could use his experience to help others in similar situations.
As a client of the Innocence Project, which works to free prisoners thought to have been wrongly convicted, Banks, now a NFL player and motivational speaker, travels across the country sharing his story.
"I'm sad that I'm apart of it because I'm an exoneree and that I went through what I went through. I'm happy to turn it all around and do something positive within our communities as well as the lives of other people and helping people that are in similar situations," said Banks.
Wednesday's event hosted by the Innocence Project at Uva. featured other Innocence Project clients and families as well as a remarks made by author John Grisham.
Brian Banks is currently in the process of making his story into a film.
He frequently visits Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers in regards to law reform.