DNA testing has freed scores of innocent inmates around the country. But where does a wrongly convicted person go when released from prison without a safety net?
Many exonerees are released from their cells without fanfare, apologies or anywhere to go. In some states, more services are available to parolees than to exonerees. During long years in prison, families and friends have disappeared. Any money in the bank before conviction has probably been spent on legal fees. Most exonerees struggle immediately to find housing and work and many bear the weight of a conviction on their record for years before they are officially cleared.
The stories of seven wrongly convicted men and their adjustment to freedom are told in the recently released documentary, After Innocence. Click here to learn more about the movie and to watch a trailer.
The Innocence Project is working to create programs and laws nationwide that help the wrongly convicted get back on their feet after release. One of our goals is to pass fair compensation laws in every state. Right now, 27 states and the District of Columbia have compensation of some form, but even many of these are inadequate.
The Innocence Project also seeks to provide direct services to clients in need of assistance after their release. We have two social workers on staff who help the wrongly convicted adjust to free society and we work to offer other vital necessities. Your donations make this work possible. Click here to donate online to the Exoneree Fund.