Joe Hunt explains how he chose which inmates to offer legal assistance to, and several ways that he did this.
So you asked about what sort of results I’ve gotten for other prisoners who’ve been seeking to either overturn their conviction or to be acquitted at trial.
I’ve spent 9 years of my life in county jails, about half in L.A. county jail and half in San Mateo, about 7 of those years while I was actively pro per—which means representing myself. So, many prisoners came to me to ask for help with their cases.
I was very selective about who I chose to assist, and factors about what they were charged with and who they were played a major role.
I was not interested in helping people that I felt were what I would call sick with it; in other words, they were going to choose the criminal lifestyle…
In any event, there have been sixteen people that were either facing life sentences or had life sentences that I’ve assisted to regain their freedom—about evenly split between people that I mentored while I was in county jail so that they would be acquitted.
These were guys that were representing themselves and people that I filed habeas petitions for, or on behalf of, from prison that were released by the courts.
In addition, there were dozens of people that got reductions in sentences as a result of petitions that I filed.