Wrongful convictions are a continuing problem in the United States justice system. The news media is filled with reports where individuals have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. Unfortunately, this is only part of the story.
Over the last 13 years, the California Innocence Project (“CIP”) has exonerated 11 individuals who were wrongfully convicted and served a combined total of more than 113 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. In fact, you may have even heard about their most recent exoneree, Brian Banks. What you haven’t heard about are the California 12. CIP has identified 12 innocent clients, many who have been found innocent by a judge, yet remain incarcerated. On April 27, 2013, CIP will begin a march from San Diego to Sacramento to hand-deliver clemency petitions to the Governor of California on behalf of these clients: