~ 13.6 years

The avg. sentence served by a wrongly imprisoned exoneree

After years of wrongful imprisonment, there is no established California state program to help exonerees transition home…

That’s where we come in.

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WE’RE IN IT TOGETHER.

Our organization was founded by an exoneree on a mission to build the resources that he never had

access to when he was released after spending 17 years in prison. We are here to heal and support

each other as we transition from life in prison to following our deferred dreams.
 
 

 

THE FACTS

The number of exonerees in California continues to rise…
Source: National Registry of Exonerations

DID YOU KNOW?

Since 1989, 191 people have been exonerated from California prisons. In total, they lost 1,510 years of their lives.
Source: National Registry of Exonerations
LEARN THE FACTS

  • By Obie Anthony:
    In 1995 I was convicted of murder. I was innocent. Neglectful legal defense, perjury, and prosecutorial misconduct landed me being in prison, where I would live for the next 17 years of my life. In 2011, the Northern California Innocence Project

  • By Susan Mellen:
    On August 25th, 1997, I brought my nine-year-old daughter, Jessica to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal. In the parking lot, I was thrown to the ground and arrested for the murder of my former boyfriend Rick Daly. Jessica was crying hysterically. I was innocent.

  • By Caitlin Dunklee:
    Wrongful conviction is a bigger problem than most people think. And that’s a challenge. Lack of public awareness is a key barrier to achieving the types of legal, legislative and cultural changes necessary to end wrongful imprisonment in California and the United States.

WE CONNECT EXONEREES TO THE RESOURCES THEY NEED

We know coming home is hard, so we’re dedicated to making it easier by

creating resources that will help move exonerees forward in their lives

MEET: SUSAN MELLEN

17 YEARS SPENT IN PRISON AS AN INNOCENT WOMAN.

On August 25th, 1997, I brought my nine-year-old daughter, Jessica to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal. In the parking lot, I was thrown to the ground and arrested for the murder of my former boyfriend Rick Daly. Jessica was crying hysterically. I was innocent…

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IMAGINE BEING LOCKED UP FOR 17 YEARS

OF YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU’RE INNOCENT…

Join us as we walk with California’s exonerees and support them as they
heal and follow their dreams.