“Residence, Resources, and Renewal”
Aaron Salter has a vision that no exoneree will stand alone. After being released from serving 15 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he founded the nonprofit organization, Innocence Maintained. The mission of this 501(c)(3) is to help exonerees make a smooth transition back to society by providing tools, resources and skill-building that will enable them to return to the workforce, live independently and contribute to their community.
So much has been in the media recently about those wrongfully committed in Michigan and across the country. The Innocence Project has estimated that between 2.3 percent and 5 percent of all US prisoners are innocent. With the number of incarcerated Americans being approximately 2.4 million, by that estimate as many as 120,000 people may be incarcerated as a result of wrongful conviction.
– Source: The Innocence Project /Wikipedia, Miscarriage of justice
Innocence Maintained will be an umbrella organization with a variety of solutions to assist exonerees get back on their feet. Housing, jobs and training (computer, financial, relationships) are the first priorities. The organization is a highly focused post-exoneration program designed to provide the three “R’s”, Residence, Resources and Renewal.
When Aaron was compensated by the state, one of the first things he did was to buy a house and refurbish it (with his own two hands) creating “Aunt Bobbi’s” House. Innocence Maintained is leasing the house from Aaron who is inspired to help others overcome the challenges that are associated with being wrongly convicted; it’s one the most visible and tangible products of his freedom and will be the office of Innocence Maintained, the temporary home to exonerees and a gathering place for those working on finding peace, a new life, and positive relationships during re-entry.
If you’d like to support the organization, tax deductible donations may be made here.