Arrested Punks are an NFT collection of 10,000 fictional punks that each represent a real-world person in prison for a crime they didn't commit. Each one contains a unique mugshot of a punk, the circumstances of their arrest, and the results of their trial.
Fifty percent of all money generated from minting and future royalties are donated to The Innocence Project. So, the simple act of collecting Arrested Punks triggers an automatic donation giving the collection built-in utility.
In addition, owning an Arrested Punk NFT acts as a membership pass to a community with benefits that include:
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Minting an Arrested Punk can only happen here on the official website starting on March 15th. The price to mint an Arrested Punk is 0.08 ETH.
Join our community and help spread the word about Arrested Punks, The Innocence Project and the need for prison reform. Doing so will get you on our whitelist and allow you to mint 24 hours early.
A collection of 10,000 unique mugshots consisting of over 100+ programmatically layered traits.
Each Arrested Punk is unique and programmatically generated from random traits including type, uniform color, headwear, eyewear, jewelry, and more. All of these characteristics were individually designed, with special traits making some rarer than others.
The punks are stored as ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain and hosted on IPFS.
How do we accomplish this?
We donate 50% of all money generated from minting and sales of Arrested Punks to the Innocence Project. From day one, each Arrested Punk minted helps fund the Innocence Project, allowing them to exonerate the wrongly convicted and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices. We're also pledging the same 50% donation to The Innocence Project on all royalties generated by secondary sales.
We believe Arrested Punks can help break down the issue of prison reform a bit and put a spotlight on a few of the main causes for innocent people being in prison. Like the real world, some Arrested Punks are innocent and in prison for crimes they didn't commit. The fictional arrests and convictions given to each Arrested Punk demonstrate the various ways innocent people are sent to prison everday in the real world.
These Arrested Punks were recently arrested, charged and are now serving jail time.
Review each case to see if you feel some injustice took place in their arrest, conviction, or sentencing. If so, you may have a wrongful conviction that could be overturned and an Arrested Punk that should be freed from prison.
Arrested for engaging in a riot, #4886 was released from prison early because of improper police interrogation techniques. Weeks after being released, #4886 was arrested again for being in an area where illegal drugs are sold, which violated parole terms. The violation sent #4886 back to prison with a sentence of 22 years.
Charges: Engaging in a Riot
Sentence: 22 Years
In October 2015, Punk #55 was arrested while jogging near a Dallas coffee shop and charged with extortion. #55 went to trial last month and despite having no prior convictions and being a great volunteer within the community, was found guilty and given a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years.
Sentence: 30 Years
Punk #7398 was arrested in front of a popular Mesa concert hall in September 2017 and charged with indecent exposure. Despite having no criminal record, #7398 went to trial this past September and was found guilty and sentenced to 19 years in prison.
Charges: Indecent Exposure
Sentence: 19 Years
Punk #1471 was arrested last July for sleeping outside a Omaha high school. While under heavy police interrogation, Punk #1471 confessed to computer crimes. Despite a well-documented history of mental illness, and little proof any actual crime was committed #1471 was formally charged. At trial, #1471 was found guilty and sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Charges: Computer Crimes
Sentence: 8 Years
In 2020, arrested for shoplifting, Punk #9322 was given a bail of $3 million dollars. Despite not having the means to skip town and defense pleading #9322 has no criminal record, the unreasonably high bail was not lowered and #9322 remains in jail still waiting for a trial.
They look cool and spread awareness for prison reform. Best of all, your purchases directly support the Innocence Project's work to free the innocent and reform the criminal justice system in the United States. Fifty percent of all proceeds are donated to the Innocence Project!
These items are a key piece of our awareness campaign, and a big step towards our goal to make Arrested Punks the unofficial avatar for prison reform.
*The store is unlocked by the community through roadmap activation.
We're in this for the long haul.
We've set up some goalposts for ourselves. Once we hit a target sell-through percentage, we will begin to work on realizing the stated goal.
Arrested Kids NFT Collection is released
We will be launching a new Arrested Kids (AK) NFT collection with exclusive pre-sale access for Arrested Punk owners. Our hope is the Arrested Kids collection will put a spotlight on making reforms to keep kids as young as 8 from being in held in adult prison. Similar to Arrested Punks donation policy, Arrested Kids will be donating 50% from all sales to a cause that advocates for kids in prison.
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*Arrested Punks are in no way connected or affiliated with CryptoPunks or Larva Labs.