There may as well be a monthly column written just about inmates who have fallen pray to dirty cops and a flawed penal system. The headlines would always show a list of people and how much time they have spent inside for someone else’s crime. Brothers everywhere have been pleading their innocence, but until a New York City legal firm called the Innocence Project that specializes in wrongful conviction cases got involved, no one was getting any justice.
But today, Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, is FREE! He stepped out into the world for the first time in 30 years (or since he was 21 years old) as a free man. By the time the Innocence Project got involved, Dupree had already tried to appeal his case three times and had been turned down three times. The Texas penal system was certain he would serve out his 75 year sentence.
Since Dupree was released, Texas has released 41 wrongfully incarcerated prisoners–more than any other state. He is also one of three men who have served the most time for something they have not done. Read the rest of his story here.