Annual Report

Restoring Lives

Paul Hildwin, who spent 34 years wrongfully incarcerated, takes pride in his community and home by taking care of the grounds of the property where he lives in Tampa, Fla. (Image: Casey Brooke Lawson/Innocence Project)

In the face of the global health crisis, newly freed clients faced unique challenges in rebuilding their lives. The Innocence Project continued relentless efforts to ensure compensation for the wrongfully convicted. In addition, our social work team — with generous Exoneree Fund donor support — worked to provide housing, transportation, basic necessities, medical services, connections to employment opportunities, and supportive counseling.

Since his exoneration in 2019, Felipe Rodriguez has spent time with his son Felipe Jr., who was just three years old when his father was wrongfully convicted. (Image: Courtesy of Felipe Rodriguez)

(Video: Sameer Abdel-Khalek/Innocence Project)

Termaine Hicks, who was exonerated in December 2020, in Philadelphia, discusses his life since regaining his freedom.

I can’t get back the decades that I lost, but I’m going to try to rebuild my life with my family. It won’t be easy. I am just so grateful that my voice was heard and the truth is out there.

Robert DuBoise

Exonerated in Tampa, Fla., following more than 35 years of wrongful incarceration

(Image: Casey Brooke Lawson for AP Images/Innocence Project)

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Pictured from left to right: Archie Williams (exoneree), Yusef Salaam (Innocence Project board Member and exoneree), Barry Scheck (Innocence Project co-founder), and Dion Harrell (exoneree) at the 2019 Innocence Network Conference in Atlanta. (Image: Jennifer Watkins/Lyra Photography)