What happens to convicts who are released from custsody when they are exonerated by newly discovered evidence? Thirty four of them gathered in New York City over the weekend to get help. Scott Hornoff could use some financial aid. Anthony Robinson wants more psychological services. Jim Bromgard would like to come to peace with the years he lost. “I went to prison an 18-year-old kid and I came out a 34-year-old man starting from zero,” said Bromgard, of Kalispell, Mont., who was freed last year after a DNA test cleared him of child molestation charges.
The New York session was held to launch The Life After Exoneration Project, a nationwide program to help former prisoners readjust to daily life following wrongful convictions. It was organized by the Innocence Project of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the DNA Identification Technology and Human Rights Center of Berkeley, Calif.