28 Years For A Crime He Didn't Commit

Tayba Foundation Aseem

Aseem walking out of San Quentin

Aseem is one of Tayba Foundation’s students who was recently released from prison after serving 28 years for a crime he did not commit. “One of the leading causes of wrongful conviction is misidentification,” says Justin Brooks, Director of the California Innocence Project. The total cost of his wrongful Incarceration: $1,260,000.

 

On September 9th, 1986 Aseem was convicted for the tragic murder of one young man and the attempted murder of two others. Although Aseem had an alibi, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison after the courts accepted evidence from eyewitness mis-identification due to gang loyalty, and dubious star witnesses. 20 years later the true murderer confessed to the crimes, which cleared Aseem and his brother and Aseem was then granted parole by the State Parole Board.

 

No longer a young man, Aseem is ecstatic to humbly resume his place as a member of society. Despite his wrongful incarceration and inequities and challenges that he is now presented with, he is anxious to finish his college degree and find employment in the clerical or computer industries, he has all the attributes needed to successfully transition back into society. With his entire life in front of him, Aseem is looking forward, not behind, with an inspirational sense of optimism. The story that transpired due to the unjust criminal justice system is an example of what is whole with regards to the human spirit.