California Innocence Project freed client Kimberly Long is a mother of two. Read her special Mother’s Day message:
Since I was freed in 2016, I’ve taken full advantage of every moment I can with my daughter and son. I feel so fortunate to be back in their lives, to be near them as much as possible, and to be able to call them when I want to just say, “Hi.”
It wasn’t too long ago that I was taken away and convicted for an unthinkable murder I didn’t commit. At the time, my kids were just 5 and 10 years old. While I was wrongfully sentenced to serve 15 years to life, they too were sentenced to endure some of their most formative years without their mother. For the 7 years and 3 months I spent behind bars, I missed moments I can never get back: fun at the playground, bedtime stories, family dinners, birthdays, and special occasions like Mother’s Day.
A few months ago, my travel restrictions were permanently lifted. Weeks later, my son and I hopped into a car and took a road trip to visit my daughter in Washington. Driving hours upon hours with my son – even if we were just sitting in silence – healed some of the distance forced upon us by my wrongful conviction. We even visited my best friend and fellow California Innocence Project exoneree Mr. Michael Hanline. That trip will forever have a special place in my heart.
These moments would never have been possible without your help. Thank you for supporting the California Innocence Project. They gave me back my Mother’s Days.
To all of the mothers out there: I wish you a very special day with your children. Enjoy every moment of it.
Kimberly Long served 7 years and 3 months in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. She was exonerated in 2016, but is facing the possibility of returning to wrongful incarceration as her exoneration was appealed by the DA. Kim was released on bail while she waits to hear from the California Supreme Court who will decide whether or not she will be retried. Journalist Randy Paige explores Kim’s case and uncovers evidence unheard by the jury during Kim’s trial in his podcast, “Flawed Justice: The Kimberly Long Story.” Listen to it here.