About After Innocence
After Innocence provides effective, efficient re-entry assistance for America’s wrongfully convicted, and advocates for smart policy reform on their behalf.
We are working toward a not-too-distant future in which:
- We acknowledge the real consequences of wrongful conviction, including on the lives of the wrongfully convicted and their families, and make reasonable, meaningful amends in that regard;
- Every state provides a fair, transparent process by which a person who proves in court that he or she was actually innocent of the crime for which he or she was imprisoned will be eligible for meaningful compensation and re-entry assistance; and
- Every exoneree in the United States will have access to a basic level of consistent, effective re-entry assistance to help them rebuild their lives after wrongful conviction.
Through this work, we will demonstrate what a good society does when its justice system recognizes that it has put the wrong person in prison.
After Innocence was established in 2015 as a California not-for-profit corporation, and is a fiscally sponsored project of The Althea Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity in San Francisco, California. (This organization is not affiliated with the 2005 documentary film, After Innocence, or its filmmakers.) After Innocence is a member of the Innocence Network, which brings together organizations that work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted.
Donations to The Althea Foundation for the benefit of After Innocence are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Jon Eldan, Director
Jon Eldan is an attorney in Oakland, California. He founded After Innocence in 2015, after more than a decade of volunteer work on behalf of exonerees after release. His work has been profiled in recent articles by The Marshall Project and Berkeley Law School, and he was recently named an Emerson Fellow.
Barry C. Scheck - Co-Founder, The Innocence Project
Bryan Stevenson - Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Dave Eggers - Author and Co-Founder, Voice of Witness
Joan Petersilia - Stanford University School of Law, Co-Director Stanford Criminal Justice Center
John Thompson - death row exoneree and Executive Director, Resurrection After Exoneration
Kirk Bloodsworth - death row exoneree and anti-death penalty activist
Robin Steinberg - Executive Director, The Bronx Defenders
Sabrina Butler - death row exoneree and anti-death penalty activist
Samuel Gross - Univ. of Michigan Law School; Co-Founder, National Registry of Exonerations
Scott Turow - author and attorney
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