"Rebuilding the Lives of the Wrongfully Convicted"

Pete Rose


peterose Convicted of: Rape and Kidnapping
State: California
Served: 10 years
Released: 2004
Compensated by State: No
Current Status: Self-employed
Health Insurance: No
Then: Harsh and coercive interrogation tactics led a teenage victim to suggest her assailant was Peter Rose. A father of four with no history of violent crime or sexual assault, Rose was convicted of rape and kidnapping and sentenced to twenty-seven years in prison, leaving his own children without a father and without support. He always maintained his innocence. At one of his first court hearings in 1995, Rose told the court "If the DNA tests were back it would show that I'm not the one." After serving ten years in California\'s Mule Creek State Prison, DNA testing proved him right. Rose’s conviction was vacated and he was set free.

Now: Mr. Rose lives in Point Arena, a small coastal community in Northern California. The sole source of support for his four children and ailing mother, Mr. Rose works intermittently with his brother in commercial fishing. When not out on the water, Mr. Rose raises his four children, who were not allowed to visit him while he was incarcerated. California is one of twenty states that provides for compensation of the wrongfully convicted. Mr. Rose is hoping his compensation application will be approved. He plans to use some of the money buy and renovate houses. His dream is to own a home of his own, one his children can always come back to.

Hometown: Point Arena, CA