Life After Exoneration: Examining the Aftermath of a Wrongful Capital Conviction
They have been ﬁ ghting for this moment for years, often decades-the moment they walk out of prison a free person. They were wrongly convicted of horriﬁ c crimes. They have been incarcerated and labeled as among America’s most dangerous-robbers, rapists, murderers, monsters. They have told countless others-family, friends, coworkers, police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, juries, judges, inmates-that they did not commit these heinous crimes. No one listened. On this day, ﬁ nally, someone listened. They emerge into the fresh air no longer convicted felons but exonerees: innocent individuals wrongly convicted and exonerated. They leave prison ﬁ lled with joy and hope, relief and anticipation. They walk out . . . and then what?