More than 1,700 people in the U.S. have been exonerated and released from prison after having demonstrated that they were convicted and served time for crimes that they did not commit. These "exonerees" emerge traumatized, broke, and usually without job skills or housing. Most never receive meaningful compensation, and only a handful successfully sue the government. Nearly all lack consistent, effective re-entry support. They don't even get access to the limited assistance we give parolees—because they are not on parole. Most exonerees struggle for years and decades to make up for lost time.
After Innocence is the only non-profit in the country that assists exonerees nationwide – currently more than 200 of them in 29 states—with access to healthcare, public benefits and legal services. On the policy front, After Innocence has convened (along with the innocence Project) a working group to develop evidence-based policy reforms to provide exonerates with fair compensation, and better access to post-release assistance.