This year, my husband John and I will be celebrating our third Christmas together—spending the day with our beautiful one-year-old son and visiting our family and loved ones—and it still feels like a dream.
This Christmas will be extra special. Although John was released from prison in 2016, this year, two decades after he was wrongfully convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, John was finally officially exonerated on the grounds of actual innocence thanks to the incredible team at the Innocence Project. That means that not only are we celebrating the holiday together, the weight of John’s wrongful conviction has finally been lifted from our family.
When the Innocence Project team asked if I would share our story with you this year, I jumped at the chance to send this message.
Your support helped free my husband, and I’m so grateful to you for believing in people like him.
Your support helped free my husband, and I’m so grateful to you for believing in people like him. When you donate, share stories on social media, tell your friends and families about the issue of wrongful convictions, or go to jury duty educated about the way the criminal justice system works—you’re part of a movement to ensure that what happened to our family will never happen to anyone else.
Thank you for bringing John home to us for the holidays.
Thank you for bringing John home to us for the holidays—for this year and for all the years to come.
From our family to yours,
Photo of John Nolley and his granddaughters by Lisa Siegel.