Calling on California change makers and allies in the criminal justice reform movement:
Enjoy an evening of NBA basketball, networking, drinks and refreshments with Obie Anthony, founder of Exonerated Nation (EN), in support of EN’s mission to meet the immediate needs of exonerees upon release from prison. Many states don’t have an established state or federal program to help exonerees secure housing, access health care or mental health services as they transition from prison to home, family, community and life.
Some states, including California, are moving toward comprehensive support for exonerees. However, execution and implementation of new laws is a slow process, leaving a gap between release and essential support for exonerees. In fact, the vast majority never receive compensation or assistance from the state.
EN has been leading efforts for securing resources for exonerees. Recent successes include the passing of AB 701 making California the first state in the country to pay for housing of exonerees upon their release from prison and AB 703 which provides free UC, CSU, and community college tuition in California. SB 1050 will automatically provide health coverage to all exonerees in California and access to state and local job training programs. EN also works to provide professional development opportunities for exonerees such as sponsoring digital storytelling workshops, facilitating educational workshops, and distributing care packages. As Exonerated Nation moves into a new year, the goal is to continue these efforts and expand support nationally. Your financial contribution would help fund staffing and program costs associated with these endeavors. You would also get to watch the game from a private luxury suite at the Staples Center!
Thank you in advance for your support in the healing and restoration for exonerees as they move forward in their lives.