Project Cope

Exonerees are invited to participate in this brief survey 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.

Why is this project important?

Survey participants will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card.  The survey can be completed online or by phone.

Or please email  You will be contacted by our team with instructions on how to complete the survey.  Please pass this information on to other exonerees who may also want to participate.


All information gathered in this study will be kept confidential and used only for the purpose of evaluating the health, quality of life, and support needs of exonerees.

Health & Well-Being Project

In partnership with Exonerated Nation, Touro University California’s Public Health Program conducted a qualitative study to assess the health status and needs of California exonerees for immediate and long-term support in the fall of 2017.

Why is this project important?

An estimated 2.3 million individuals are incarcerated in the U.S., so one might wonder why we are choosing to focus on the unique experiences of exonerees. We believe that by shining a light on the plight of exonerees, we can also draw attention to the public health problems associated with mass incarceration in the U.S. Anyone incarcerated in the U.S. experiences personal trauma, which also impacts their families and communities. The negative impacts of incarceration on exonerees are exacerbated by having served time for crimes they did not commit. This again points to problems in how the U.S. criminal justice system operates, and we hope that our work with exonerees will not only improve their post-incarceration experiences, but also create networks and galvanize support of new allies to discuss the changes needed to reform the criminal justice system as a whole.


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how can you help?


Exonerated Nation is a growing organization and we’re calling on you to help us meet the needs of exonerees. Here are three ways to support us: Make a tax-deductible donation to EN. Invite an exoneree to speak to your school or organization. Organize an event to educate your friends about wrongful convictions . Donate your gently used computers, cell phones, and clothing.