by Keith Barber

Darryl Hunt Project to restructure its services Citing a lack of funding, the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice has announced that it will be restructuring its re-entry program for ex-offenders. The program assists those who have served time in prison to return to their communities “in a positive and productive way,” Darryl Hunt stated in a press release. The Darryl Hunt Project will no longer offer direct services for ex-offenders recently released from prison but consultative support “so that we may share the lessons we’ve learned with the many wonderful programs in this area and in the rest of the state that endeavor to do this work,” Hunt stated. “From this point forward, the operation of the Darryl Hunt Project will be focused on criminal justice advocacy and innocence in wrongful convictions with significantly reduced involvement in re-entry issues.” Eight years ago, Hunt was exonerated of the rape and murder of Deborah Sykes after spending nearly 19 years in prison.

The Darryl Hunt Project was launched in 2005 and has served more than 5,000 people. Students from Winston Salem State University and Wake Forest University, UNCG and NC A&T State University have collaborated with the nonprofit to work on actual innocence cases, participate in the criminal justice system, educate citizens on problems in the criminal justice system and advocate for reforms, according to the press release.