Prosecutorial misconduct led to the overturning of 86 convictions in California from 1989 to 2012. These, combined with other judicial mistakes, resulted in wrongful imprisonment of nearly 700 people over two decades. The total to incarcerate, and later settle lawsuits for these cases, cost the taxpayers over $220 million dollars.
CACJ is the leading organization demanding that prosecutors be held accountable for violations. In 2015 CACJ pushed for AB 672, otherwise known as Obie’s law, named for Obie Anthony who spent 17 years behind bars for a crime for which he was later exonerated. This bill, which was passed and was signed by the Governor, requires that CDCR provide transitional services, such as job training, housing assistance, and mental health services, to those wrongfully convicted.
CACJ also sponsored first-of-a-kind legislation to report prosecutors to the California State Bar for withholding evidence.
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