What Now?: A Journey Toward Healing After Exoneration

Location: Piedmont 3
Date: Sat, April 13
Time: 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

What happens when the cameras stop rolling and the media leaves your doorstep? The dominant narrative of exoneration is a fairy tale, which ends with the exoneree riding off into the sunset. But an exoneration is more like an earthquake that leaves devastation in its wake, not only for the exonerees, but for their family members, the original crime victims, and their family members. In this session, an original crime victim, an exoneree, and an exoneree’s family member come together to explain how they reckoned with this catastrophe by connecting with the most unlikely people in the world--each other. After facing off from opposite sides of the courtroom, they move past bitterness, shame, and guilt. Using restorative justice practices, they worked through their shared trauma toward a place of healing.