What is the Innocence March?

On April 27, 2013, Justin Brooks, Alissa Bjerkhoel, and Michael Semanchik embarked on a 712 mile walk from San Diego to Sacramento.  55 days later, they delivered 12 clemency petitions to Governor Brown on June 20, 2013.  Along the way, family members of the California 12 joined the walkers and showed their support.  To date, Michael Hanline has been released by the court.  The rest of the California 12 remain in custody.


Who Are the CA 12?

The California 12 are California Innocence Project clients with strong evidence of innocence, yet they remain incarcerated because the system has failed them.  Each of the cases vary with regard to the crimes, sentences, and facts surrounding the case.  We encourage you to read about each case and learn how our criminal justice system has failed us.

How Can You Help?

1.  Donate to the California Innocence Project.

2.  Sign the Change.org Petition.

3.  Go to our store to purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, and wristbands.

4.  Go to the Governor’s contact page and send him an email encouraging him to grant clemency for the CA 12.  We’ve posted sample language here.