Exonerated, Innocent and Homeless

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Maurice Anthwone Caldwell was born and raised in San Francisco, California. In 1989, a drug-related murder occurred in the San Francisco housing project where he lived.  That day, Maurice became a secondary victim of the murderer, as he was arrested and tried for the crime he did not commit.  Due to false and coerced witness testimony, the court convicted him and sentenced him to “27 years to life” in state prison, where he spent the next twenty years.

While the fear of never coming home was overwhelming, Maurice maintained his innocence as he survived the dangers of penitentiary life.  He spent countless hours in the legal library. After years of writing letters and reaching out, Maurice finally made contact with an investigator who believed in his innocence. This led to more witnesses who testified on Maurice’s behalf and exposed the real killer.  Ultimately, the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) became involved, blessing Maurice with a team of law students who worked full time on his case.  Together they fought for Maurice and regained his freedom. After serving 20 years, 6 months and 7 days in prison, the San Francisco District Attorney dismissed the case and Caldwell was finally released on March 28, 2011.

Despite the blessings of freedom, upon his release, like most California exonerees, he had no job, no money, no home and no help reintegrating into society.  However, Maurice persevered and for the last 8 years, he was able to gain employment and receive housing assistance for the last year and a half from Exonerated Nation, a non-profit based in Oakland that serves California exonerees.  Unfortunately, housing assistance has now run out and due to a physical disability resulting from two decades in prison, he has been unable to maintain steady employment and is on the brink of homelessness, as of June 1, 2019. Like the vast majority of exonerees, Maurice has not been compensated for his wrongful conviction and continues the legal battles to seek compensation.

39423786_1558808532757050_r.jpegMaurice with his children


Maurice Gives Back
Despite the injustice of his wrongful conviction, through speaking engagements and advocacy activities with California State Senators, Maurice is working on behalf of Exonerated Nation to build awareness to advocate for essential resources for exonerees. Maurice has committed his life to speaking out against wrongful convictions and their subsequent incarcerations.  He brings great awareness to the issues that cause injustice within the legal system. He works to educate society on the needs of exonorees, as they transition into life beyond freedom. He knows first-hand that there are little to no resources or compensation for exonerees after they regain their freedom.   


If you want to learn more about Maurice’s incredible story of tragedy and redemption, click on this this video and article:

Video:            https://vimeo.com/38531584

LA Times:   https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-wrongful-convicted-restitution-victims-compensation-20190523-story.html


Maurice can never get back the 20+ years he spent wrongfully incarcerated by the State, however your support can help provide him with housing assistance and peace of mind to help rebuild the life that was taken from him.
The funds raised on this campaign will go directly to Maurice Caldwell for the purpose of securing safe and stable housing by the end of this month.  Thankfully, he will begin receiving SSA, beginning in June, however, he is in desperate need for funds to support his transition into an apartment for a minimum of 6 months. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
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Dear Exonerated, Innocent and Homeless GFM Supporters:
Thanks to your generosity, our campaign to support California exoneree, Maurice Caldwell has raised $4,785 as of today! Support from individuals like you go a long way to fill in where the state has failed. Despite new legislation in California to support newly released exonerees, implementation and execution of these new laws are slow to being fully executed. The majority of exonerees never receive any compensation or assistance from the State and most struggle to find housing, employment, mental and physical health services, and many fight to survive after decades of wrongful imprisonment.

Not only will your contributions provide Maurice with the necessary funding support for housing assistance, it helps to support some peace of mind to help him rebuild the life that was taken from him by the State. Thank you again and please help us keep the momentum going by sharing his story with your network!
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Dear GoFundMe Supporters for “Exonerated, Innocent and Homeless,

Thanks to your generosity, our campaign to support California exoneree, Maurice Caldwell has raised $3,815 as of today! You should also know that even though California is slowly adapting new legislation to support recently exonerated citizens, these new laws have are slow to being fully or even partially executed. So, there is a gap in support that remains for exonerees and the vast majority of exonerees, like Maurice never receive any compensation or assistance from the State and most continue to struggle to find housing, employment, mental and physical health services, and to survive after decades of wrongful imprisonment.

Not only will your contributions provide Maurice with the necessary funding support for housing assistance, it helps to support some peace of mind to help him rebuild the life that was taken from him by the State. Thank you again and please help us keep the momentum going by sharing his story with your network!
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Dear GoFundMe Supporters for “Exonerated, Innocent and Homeless,

Thanks to your generosity, our campaign to support California exoneree, Maurice Caldwell has raised $3,815 as of today! You should also know that even though California is slowly adapting new legislation to support recently exonerated citizens, these new laws have are slow to being fully or even partially executed. So, there is a gap in support that remains for exonerees and the vast majority of exonerees, like Maurice never receive any compensation or assistance from the State and most continue to struggle to find housing, employment, mental and physical health services, and to survive after decades of wrongful imprisonment.
Not only will your contributions provide Maurice with the necessary funding support for housing assistance, it helps to support some peace of mind to help him rebuild the life that was taken from him by the State. Thank you again and please help us keep the momentum going by sharing his story with your network!
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