No system gets it right every time.
And when our criminal justice system makes a mistake and puts the wrong person in prison, lives are ruined.
Some eventually manage to prove they were wrongfully convicted, and are then set free by the same system that once condemned them.
But then what?
For most of these more than 2,500 "exonerees," the nightmare of wrongful conviction does not end at the prison gate.
Traumatized, broke, and usually without job skills or housing, most exonerees never receive meaningful compensation. Only a handful successfully sue the government. Nearly all lack consistent, effective re-entry support. Most don't even get access to the limited assistance we give parolees - because they are not on parole. Nearly all exonerees struggle for years and decades to make up for lost time.
After Innocence is helping to change that.
After years - sometimes decades - in prison for crimes they did not commit, exonerees are left to fend for themselves as they try to rebuild their lives on the outside.
After Innocence is already reaching more than 500 exonerees across 48 states, by providing them with free, one-on-one assistance with getting and using health care and public benefits, legal services, and working for long-term change by promoting better compensation laws.