The 2017 Innocence Network Conference took place from March 23-25, 2017 in San Diego, California. Amongst the 190 exonerees in attendance was Innocence Canada exoneree, Maria Shepherd who was accompanied to the conference by her husband, Ashley.
Innocence Canada was also represented by Sean MacDonald, Win Wahrer, Caitlin Pakosh and David Levy. At the conference were representation from 14 International Innocence organizations which included Canada, China, Argentina, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Norway, Taiwan and the United States.
The first Innocence Network Conference was held in San Diego 15 years ago. This year’s conference was attended by approximately 800 people. The keynote speaker was Valerie B. Jarrett, who was senior advisor to President Obama.
Fourty-three (43) exonerees obtained their freedom in 2016 and were welcomed into the Innocence family by past exonerees. It was a moving and memorable three days which was highlighted by the introduction of the 190 exonerees.
Exonerees and their supporters
Daniel Villegas, John Mimbela Sr. and his wife Lucy
John Mimbela Sr. and Marty Tankleff.
Read about Marty’s story here: http://www.martytankleff.org/
Learn more about John Mimbela here: http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/full-episode–the-confession-5494375076
Barry Scheck, Maria Shepherd and Jeff Deskovic
David Levy and Caitlin Pakosh (Innocence Canada), Sunny Jacobs, Peter Pringle and Christine