The Sunny Center FoundationHelping Heal the Wounds of Wrongful Conviction
“Peter and I were both wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. Separately, we found that healing and forgiveness were the keys to a happy life afterwards. Now, through our foundation we are able to share our happiness and healing with many others.” – Sunny Jacobs
The Sunny Center Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps people who have suffered the injustice of wrongful conviction, giving them support after they have been exonerated and released from prison.
It was established by Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, both of whom were sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. Sunny was released in 1992 after spending 17 years incarcerated in Florida, and Peter in Ireland in 1995 after 15 years in prison.
They met in 1998, fell in love, got married and became part of each other’s path to healing and happiness, using the practices of yoga, meditation and prayer – the same methods that each of them had used in prison to help them survive their ordeal.
In 2012 they began welcoming exonerees into their home. In 2014, the foundation was established and they were able to extend their assistance more broadly, using a unique holistic approach encompassing physical, mental and spiritual healing and ongoing support. The Sunny Healing Retreat Center, Ireland
In 2018 they opened The Sunny Living Center, a housing complex in Tampa, Florida for exonerees. The Sunny Living Center, Florida
In 2020, their mission expanded to helping families and others who’ve been affected by the injustice of wrongful conviction as well as extending their healing techniques to the general public. See OUTREACH
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Sunny in conversation with Guru Simran Khalsa