Project Cope

Research conducted for and by exonerated individuals, this survey aims to understand coping mechanisms and needs among people who were wrongfully incarcerated.  

In partnership with Exonerated Nation, our research team includes exonerees Gloria Killian and Zavion Johnson and faculty from the Touro University California Public Health Program.

Meet our team!

Our organizations are committed to the belief that exonerees have every right to pursue their dreams, feel safe, reunite with their families, and heal.  We are committed to highlighting the public health impacts of incarceration and providing evidence to support policy recommendations that establish a framework to safeguard access to mental health services and support for exonerees.

While limited, research suggests that the unique trauma of wrongful conviction has profound adverse mental health implications which challenge reintegration, well-being and healing.  In this study we examined exoneree perceptions of their mental health and coping mechanisms used to support healing:

What Promotes healing among the wrongfully convicted?  Results from a qualitative study of exonerated persons in California
(published October 2021)