Free Jermaine Smothers! Falsely incarcerated

Jermaine Smothers is a 45 year old black man, who has been falsely incarcerated for the past 25 Years for a murder he didn't commit! His pleas for justice, those of his family and many supporters have yet to prove fruitful,  despite credible evidence pointing to his innocence. Two of the main eyewitnesses who identified him at trial have recanted. 

He has taken and passed a polygraph test.  An Oceanside police detective (retired) has reinvestigated the case and concluded without a doubt, that he his innocent. He was a client of the California Innocence Project, who also has investigated the case for more than 10 years and concluded that Jermaine is innocent.  

A reality TV producer and the investigative reporter/producer of the 'Unjust and Unsolved' podcast have both looked into his case and concluded that Jermaine is innocent.  

Jermaine has made many mistakes in his life.  He fully understands that his gang lifestyle was a contributing factor in his wrongful conviction.  He went to prison when he was 19 years old, with alot of maturing to do.  He got into fights and broke other prison rules.  Yet,  despite his self made hardships, his negative environment and his wrongful conviction, he remained hopeful and eventually turned his life around. He took advantage of the  many self-help and educational opportunities available to him.  He has grown into a positive, intelligent,  trustworthy,  driven and responsible man. 

Jermaine lost his last appeal in 2019. The recanting witnesses refused to come to court because of gang retaliation fears. But despite his latest setback, he remains steadfast in his pursuit of freedom.  He will be going to the parole board soon where he will acknowledge his shortcomings but maintain his innocence. We also look forward to hiring a new legal team but we need your help. 

Please go to for more information about Jermaine's case and tune in to the 'Unjust and Unsolved' Podcast to hear Jermaine's episode.

Thank you for your contribution in advance 

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Organizer and beneficiary

Rick Garrabrant 
Oceanside, CA
Kayla Higgins 

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