On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about what happens after someone is exonerated. What does society owe them?
According to the Innocence Project, people cleared through post-conviction DNA testing spend, on average, more than 14 years behind bars. When they get out, they struggle to find housing and work. Even in states where exonerees have a right to compensation or after they're releaed, it can be hard to access. What support do wrongfully convicted people need to rebuild their lives?
Paige Kaneb, supervising attorney with the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) at the Santa Clara University School of Law
Maurice Caldwell, exoneree, NCIP client, and advocate
Jon Eldan, director of After Innocence, an Oakland-based organization that offers exonerees help obtaining social, health, and legal services
The Innocence Project: Compensating the Wrongly Convicted
Oakland Magazine: The Advocate