Francisco “Franky” Carrillo, Jr., was sentenced to life in prison in 1992 for a fatal drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. He was 16 years old at the time. Franky maintained his innocence through two trials and 20 years in prison, and in 2011 his conviction was overturned after the eyewitnesses who had identified him as the shooter recanted. Five years after his release, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors awarded him $10.1 million to settle a lawsuit he filed against the LA Sheriff’s Department for his wrongful conviction. Franky went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Loyola Marymount University, and now works as a justice reform advocate, serving on several boards, including Death Penalty Focus, Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara Law School, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, and the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative.
Franky is available to speak at events in Southern California, particularly around the Los Angeles area.