Freed February 24, 2021

Incarcerated for 24 years, 4 months, 23 days

In 1996 Mr. Isaac sold one rock of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was convicted by a non-unanimous jury and, because of two non-violent prior convictions, given a life sentence without parole. IPNO’s Unjust Punishment Project filed a motion alleging that Mr. Isaac’s sentence had become illegal, and Mr. Isaac walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary and into the arms of his son in February of 2021.

Sadly, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Eric Isaac passed away unexpectedly at his home of natural causes.  In the short three months he was home, Mr. Isaac met his grandson, spent time with his kids, ate in restaurants, worked at a job, bought a car, and rented an apartment. We will remember Mr. Isaac for his wickedly sharp sense of humor, his caring heart, his deep love for his children, and his loud and joyful laugh. His commitment to gaining his freedom and then to rebuilding his life continue to inspire us all.