Exonerated Nation’s Advocacy Day was held February 28, 2003. Ten (10) exonerees, with their supporters and EN board members, met with California legislators and shared their powerful testimonies to advocate for the immediate and long-term needs of California exonerees.
On March 21, 2023, the Public Safety Committee of the California State Assembly unanimously passed Exonerated Nation’s sponsored bill AB 997. The legislation will create a special fund at the Victim’s Compensation Board to pay for an exonoree’s mental health services. The money is allocated whenever the State of California approves a wrongful conviction claim at the Victim’s Compensation Board. This means that exonorees will be able to find their own mental health provider and have the services paid for out of this special fund. AB 997 will next be heard at the Assembly Appropriations Committee in mid-May.