After Innocence: Exoneration In America

Hundreds, possibly thousands of people in the U.S. have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Some of them spent decades behind bars or on death row before being declared innocent.  Many of them still remain imprisoned.

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of organizations that work to free innocent people from prison. In April 2013, over 100 exonerees gathered in Charlotte for the Innocence Network Conference. WUNC sat down with ten exonerees to hear about their experiences for the After Innocence: Exoneraton In America web series. Below you can watch all ten videos at once or get the individual stories from the exonerees (their individual video will be linked to each full story).  

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After Innocence: Exoneration In America
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

After Innocence: Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Exonerated Days Before Execution Date

Exoneree John Thompson
Credit David Persoff

John Thompson was a 22-year-old father of two when the New Orleans police broke down his door to arrest him. What happened next was like a nightmare. He was taken to the homicide division, where he listened to a cassette tape of a man he knew accuse him of murder. The acquaintance had sold him a gun recently, which turned out to be the murder weapon. Then, other people around the neighborhood started coming forward with additional, unrelated crime reports and pinned them on Thompson. A neighbor said that he looked like the man who robbed his children. He became a suspect for an unsolved armed robbery that had occurred weeks earlier.

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