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.
That means no help finding housing, employment, or mental health care. When they open the prison gates, you’re on your own.
I know because I’m one of the 204.
In 1994 California convicted me of murder and sentenced me to life without the possibility of parole. I was innocent. I fought for my freedom from behind prison walls for 17 years. Thanks to my team of lawyers, I was finally exonerated in 2011.
But coming home wasn’t easy. Even after years of wrongful incarceration, there was no reentry help. That’s why I founded Exonerated Nation.
Exonerated Nation is on a mission to meet the immediate needs of exonerees in California. We offer employment services, emergency housing, healing, leadership development, and community building. We believe that exonerees should have every opportunity to pursue their dreams, feel safe, reunite with their families, and heal.
Today we’re asking you to invest in our vision and ensure that exonerees come home to a network of resources, assistance, and community. To support our work with California exonerees, please contribute an amount that is meaningful to you. No amount is too small. Your gift is tax deductible.
Thank you for your commitment to freedom, dignity, and healing.
Founder and Executive Director