California is first state in country to provide housing for exonerated individuals.
Today, on National Wrongful Conviction Awareness Day, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 701 which is Co-Sponsored by CACJ and Exonerated Nation. When a wrongfully convicted individual is exonerated and released from prison, the bill requires the State of California to cover the cost of the exonoree’s housing for up to 4 years. California becomes the first state in the country with this requirement.
“There is nothing more tragic than when our criminal justice system breaks down and wrongfully convicts someone of a crime they did not commit. The least the State of California should do is help exonorees transition to a place to live after spending years or decades in prison. CACJ is proud to co-sponsor this legislation and is grateful for Governor Newsom’s commitment to helping exonorees”
Jacqueline Goodman, President CACJ.
CACJ has had great success with legislation in the last few years. There have been several bills which address or provide redress for wrongful convictions. CACJ also sponsored legislation to require the court to report prosecutors to the State Bar of California for Brady violations. (Penal Code §1424.5.) California also has the only felony offense in the nation to punish prosecutors guilty of intentionally withholding exculpatory evidence, thanks to our efforts. (Penal Code §141(c))
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