Who We Are
If you enjoy podcasts, justice, and true crime you are in the right spot. Actual Innocence is a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of people, in their own voice, who have been convicted and then exonerated of crimes they did not commit. The issues in the criminal justice system need to be addressed on a large scale and people need to be made aware and be (at least) a little bit disgusted, overwhelmed, or outraged in order for change to occur.
I have been so fortunate to work with a great volunteer team who are using their skills to further the cause of criminal justice reform... let me introduce the team:
Brooke is a Social Worker who is driven to advocate for people who need help. She is especially moved to help with wrongful conviction victims. She was previously a child therapist and is now a host and producer of this and another podcast.
She created Convicted because the injustice in the story of Richard Nicolas was so compelling she wanted to share it with others who could help advocate on his behalf.
Demarchoe is the newest member of the Actual Innocence team, joining us in Season 3 as co-host.
Demarchoe has an insider perspective on wrongful conviction as he himself was exonerated in 2016 after having spent 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Demarchoe lives in Oklahoma with his wife Brandy and two dogs Abby and Brody.
He likes fishing and socializing with other exonerees and he’s been a tremendous help and amazing addition to the team!
See more in Demarchoe's photo album.
Blake is an Austin, TX based composer, producer and musician. He does all of the scoring and music for the episodes. Beyond that he's a super nice and professional (and frequently patient) person and the Actual Innocence podcast is lucky to have him.
Blake is participating in Actual Innocence because he believes in the mission and theme of the podcast. He has also created original music for a podcast hosted by A&E.
You can find more of his work at blakemaples.com
Cameron is a former Social Worker who now works in a cubicle. He was a little late to the podcast craze but he found one called Actual Innocence when it was only a couple of episodes old. Cameron immediately identified with Brooke's mission, style and approach.
After some interactions with Brooke on social media Cameron found a way to contribute by reading and sharing social justice related articles from around the world.
Cacey is a dental hygienist, small business owner, and podcast enthusiast. She is a wife and mother of 4 young children who consume her heart and her world. In the midst of all the chaos, she enjoys volunteering with Actual Innocence. “I grew up in a small town, which happens to be home to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. I spent many summers inside “The Walls” watching the prison rodeo, so my interest in the criminal justice system started at a young age. I was completely ignorant to the fact that wrongful convictions even took place. My eyes have been opened over the past year of volunteering, and my life is forever changed by the exonerees I have met so far. I am so honored to play a small part in this podcast.”
Shaun Cole is a Business Intelligence manager looking for ways to help those in need. His interest in true crime stories and podcasts led him to Actual Innocence and Convicted, which are now two of his favorite podcasts.