• Calling on California change makers and allies in the criminal justice reform movement:

  • Governor Newsom signs legislation sponsored by Exonerated Nation

    Sacramento – Today, on International Wrongful Conviction Day (10/2/19), Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 701 into law. The legislation is authored by assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Exonerated Nation, a non-profit advocacy organization.

  • Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement uniquely pairs grant funding with 65 years of clinical expertise, medical research, and volunteerism to support prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that are expanding access to care and creating healthy environments. Kaiser Permanente recently awarded Exonerated Nation c/o The Praxis Project a $75,000.00 grant that will help more people in this community get access to the resources they need to lead a healthy life.

  • The California State Senate today passed AB 703 (Weber), which would provide free UC, CSU, and community college tuition in California to those who have been wrongfully convicted and incarcerated. This bill, authored by Assemblymember Weber and sponsored by Exonerated Nation and the California Attorney’s for Criminal Justice (CACJ), will now return to the State Assembly for a final vote before going to Governor Newsom for his signature.

  • By Obie Anthony:
    204 men and women have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated from California prisons. Despite years of imprisonment for crimes they did not commit, there is no state support to help them transition from prison to freedom.

  • On January 17, 2018 a team of California exonerees joined Exonerated Nation and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice in Sacramento to advocate for free health care for those who have been released after wrongful incarceration.

  • 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 Kimberly Long:
    I spent seven years and three months in a California state prison for a murder I didn’t commit. I was accused of murder in 2003 for the death of my boyfriend. I was 27 years old. I had two trials in 2005. The first trial resulted in a hung jury, with nine out of 12 jurors saying I was not guilty.

  • By Obie Anthony:
    The story starts in March of 1994, when a brutal murder took place outside of a brothel in South Central Los Angeles. Obie and Reggie Cole were charged with the crime and convicted at trial.This was largely a result of the false testimony of John Jones.

  • 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.


We’d like to invite you to share your story with us. While sharing your story is emotionally

charged, it can also be healing. By sharing your story you are providing concrete support to

other exonerees, and educating Californians about the crisis of wrongful conviction.