Freddy Carrillo spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He was finally exonerated and received a $10 million settlement, but what Carillo really wants is to end the death penalty. In November, Californians will have that opportunity.
Carrillo is advocating for Proposition 62, which would abolish the death penalty in California at the ballot box. Although he was not sentenced to death himself, he knows firsthand that people are wrongly caught up in the criminal justice system, and he is fighting to make sure others have the same chance to prove their innocence that he did.
“[The criminal justice system] cannot guarantee that the people who are prosecuted and given the death sentence had a fair trial, and more importantly for me, that they were actually guilty,” Carrillo said. “Many people who have been executed have been found to be innocent, and we shouldn’t do that.”