Life After Innocence
Laura Caldwell is the founding director of Life After Innocence, which worked with wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.
Life After Innocence was inspired by one of her clients, a 19-year-old man, who sat in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years without a trial. His ultimate release was won by Laura and a renowned criminal defense attorney, and their story was captured in Laura’s first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost And The Two Women Who Found Him.
A number of innocence projects work around the country (and the world) to free those in prison for crimes they did not commit. However, there are fewer, if any, resources for persons once exonerated. Life After Innocence followed up with such exonerees to offer guidance, pro bono legal services and additional support.