Josh Dubin, Ambassador to The Innocence Project, told podcast host Joe Rogan that "as a result, at least in part" of his show's audience, "two young black men were exonerated." Dubin later said that "[The Joe Rogan Experience] has been a critical part of telling these stories."
The exchange took place on the newest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, released today, during a discussion about the importance of people like Joe Rogan helping to get the word our on what Dubin called the "criminal injustice system." Dubin has made three previous appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience.
In the last week, Rogan has faced numerous calls for cancellation by critics over his past use of the "n-word." Spotify, who has an exclusive deal with Rogan, released a statement from their CEO Daniel Ek, who said "While I strongly condemn what Joe has said and I agree with his decision to remove past episodes from our platform, I realize some will want more. And I want to make one point very clear – I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer."
Rogan gave the credit to Josh Dubin, saying "because of you and you're work, there are two men that would still be in jail. Because of you talking about it, and you putting the heat on whoever was responsible, now these two guys are free." Dubin followed with "I know that this platform and this show not only helped that, but were a driving force behind it. . This show helped save two men."
The dismissal of the case against Rontarus Washington Jr. was specifically named in the episode. Find details about that case here.
The Innocence Project website has 237 victories to date, including 193 exonerations due to DNA evidence.