Greg Taylor spent 17 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
A precedent setting hearing set him free and rocked North Carolina’s criminal justice system.
This landmark case highlights a groundbreaking legal process needed nationwide. The time is now.
How criminal justice
reform freed Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor spent 17 years in prison
for a brutal murder he did not commit.
A precedent setting hearing set him free and rocked
North Carolina’s criminal justice community.
This landmark case highlights a groundbreaking
legal process needed nationwide.
It’s a brand new year!
The film festival world has taken a holiday break but will soon be back in action. We are waiting to hear on a dozen submissions and plan on submitting to several festivals over the next few months. Of course, we’ll let you know as soon as we do!
There’s a lot of news about criminal justice reform in the news these days. We hope that over the next several months we will be using the film to tell audiences that CJR is more than reducing prison populations. Are film, and the North Carolina reforms it showcases, shows that there are many reforms that can help keep innocent people out of prison and, potentially, free them if they have been wrongfully convicted and our out of legal options.
Gratefully, Gregg Jamback & Jamie Huss / Producers
In Pursuit of Justice, set in North Carolina, is a criminal justice documentary with a unique answer to wrongful convictions nationwide.
Our story begins September 25, 1991, when Greg, out partying with a friend, Johnny Beck, gets his truck stuck in a muddy field. At 3:30AM, as they walk out of the field, they pass the brutally beaten body of Jacquetta Thomas. Fewer than 18 hours later, both are arrested for Jacquetta’s murder.
Greg and his family fought the system for 17 years. They sacrificed hours of time, spent over $130,000, and were denied at every judicial level. Without hope, Greg steeled himself to spending the rest of his life in prison.
Meanwhile, conservative North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr. and his law clerk, Chris Mumma, were examining the causes of wrongful convictions. Their work led a politically divided state legislature to establish the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission – a state supported, independent agency that has the power to completely investigate claims of innocence. Greg’s case is historic – he’s the first person in the country to be freed through this unique legal process.
Greg’s story teaches us wrongful convictions can happen to anyone, and there are effective, reasonable reforms that can dramatically improve our criminal justice system. Each one of us is also a potential juror with a obligation to understand how our legal system works, the weaknesses that need strengthening in that system, and how our decisions can impact others’ lives.
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Greg Taylor – Ghost
tells the story of Greg’s time in prison and his lost relationship with his daughter.
Footage that’s not in IPOJ!
You can stream ($3.99) or download ($9.99) Ghost by clicking the link below.
Thanks to Our Supporters! (wait…for…it…)
Please check out our SUPPORT/ALL DONOR THANKS PAGE for a complete list of ALL donors! Donations of $350 or more qualify for final film credits. See an updated list HERE of our credits to date. You, too, could be added to the next film version submitted to film festivals.
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