Jens Soering

Jens Soering is a prize-winning author of nine books who has been unjustly imprisoned since 1986. On July, 26-29, 2016, new DNA evidence came to light that conclusively proves his innocence. A petition for an absolute pardon was filed on August 22, 2016, and is currently pending with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. See the "Pardon" page of this Web site for more.

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Chuck Reid, the original lead investigator on the Haysom murder case, now says Jens Soering is innocent and calls on Governor Terry McAuliffe to grant him a pardon. Watch a TV report or read the transcript.

The Promise Documentary 2016

A full-length documentary film about Jens' case, "The Promise" by Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger will be shown on the Virginia Film Festival. Investigations over the past 2 years have turned up stunning evidence that was previously suppressed or deemed inadmissible. New forensic techniques have disproven evidence that was key to Soering’s original conviction. Visit the official film website

One Day in the Life of 179212

One Day in the Life of 179212 provides an hour-by-hour survey of everyday life in a medium-security facility with all of its attendant hardships, contradictions, and even revelations. (Lantern Books (2012) | ISBN:  978-1590563458) More information


As you will discover on this website, the Soering case is incredibly complex, and the amount of information can seem overwhelming. Please find on the following page a short introduction to and overview of the case of Jens Söring. More information

About the Case of Jens Soering

On the following pages you will find background information as well as newest developments relating to the Soering case. There are detailed explanations, numerous press reports as well as several TV interviews. In addition you can read excerpts from Jens' books and some of his many published articles on criminal justice issues and contemplative spirituality.

Buckingham Correctional Center

The Buckingham Correctional Center is the current home of Jens Soering. It is a security level 3-4 prison with approximately 1100 inmates. It is located outside the town of Dillwyn in Buckingham County in Virginia, USA. More information


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