Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt was finally released in June of 1997 after being kidnapped and held captive in California prisons for 27 years despite the fact that police agencies had proof that he was innocent of the crimes for which he had been imprisoned. A decorated Vietnam Vet, Geronimo came home, joined the LA chapter of the Black Panther Party and, because of his leadership skills, was targeted by the government. In 1969 he was framed and convicted for the murder of a woman although everyone including the FBI knew he was at a Panther meeting when she was killed. The parole system never released G, despite the fact that at the time of his conviction, most murderers served average sentences of 10 years. Geronimo was released from prison through the tireless organizing that occurred around his case, and the ongoing work of his attorneys including Johnnie Cochran.