This project provides free medical and psychological care to Louisiana’s once wrongfully convicted men, repairing the wounds of decades in prison and helping them become productive community members.
Since 1991, over 400 incarcerated Americans have been found factually innocent and released from death row and life sentences. After decades of prison abuse these men are physically and emotionally traumatized, but they rarely receive reparations or government assistance. Meeting the immediate health needs of Louisiana's 'exonerees' allows them to go on to lead fulfilled lives while advocating for criminal justice reform.
We subsidize doctor and dental visits, secure pro bono trauma counseling, and cover medical emergencies for exonerees. Said exoneree Allen Coco, before his death from cancer: “There’s suffering, man. But I hope. I hope for something greater."
By caring for 26 victimized men’s basic health needs, they are free to become self-sufficient fathers, sons, employees, educators, and vocal advocates for reparative justice in the United States.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Hear innocent men speak about life in prison
Learn more about exoneration
How do you cope with innocence after death row?