Beginning this week, we will attempt to share the overwhelming number of stories from across the country highlighting both the struggles and the triumphs of exonerees once they’ve attained their long-awaited freedom from the shackles of a wrongful conviction. We hope these stories will not only raise awareness toward this ongoing blight in our national justice system, but also affect you in more profound, compassionate ways, such that you feel compelled to reach out and assist the exonerees in your own communities with whatever means are available to you. The struggles associated with a wrongful conviction are far from over upon exoneration. As always, if we are missing something, please feel free to to reach out to us.
- Read here about David McCallum, who was exonerated in New York City last week after suffering a wrongful conviction for a 1985 robbery, kidnapping, and murder. Mr. McCallum was only 16-years-old when he was beaten and told what to say by investigating officers, thus leading to his conviction. Mr. McCallum is ready to embrace the many changes that have taken place in the world over the 29 years since he was wrongfully convicted.
- Congratulations to Willie Henderson Womble, who was exonerated after 38 years for a wrongful first-degree murder conviction in North Carolina. Since North Carolina compensates its exonerees, Mr. Womble will receive $50,000 for each year he spent imprisoned, with a cap of $750,000.
- Roeling Adams is ecstatic to finish his college degree and pursue a job in computer industries after he was exonerated in California. Mr. Adams served 28 years for his wrongful conviction and is optimistic that he has the attributes to succeed as an individual despite the grave injustice he suffered.