Prisoners Who Were Eventually Found Totally Innocent

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The American justice system works pretty well and most of the time delivers punishments that fit the crime. Occasionally, however, a person is put into prison even when he or she was innocent. Here are some who spent time in a cell before having their name cleared and being released.
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Kirk Bloodsworth

This man was put onto death row for the rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. Eventually fingerprinting cleared him of the crime.
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Paula Gray

False testimony landed Gray in prison for rape and murder. She was later cleared of charges using DNA testing.
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Frank Lee Smith

After spending 10 years in prison, Smith was later cleared of the rape he was accused of using DNA testing.
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Dean Cage

After sitting in a cell for 14 years for a rape he didn’t commit, Cage was released and compensated for the ordeal.
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Charles Irvin Fain

After 18 years in prison for kidnapping, rape and murder, Fain was cleared with DNA evidence.
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Ron Williamson

This man spent 11 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Once cleared, his story became the subject of a John Grisham novel.
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Ada Joann Taylor

Taylor spent 19 years in prison for the murder of an elderly man, though DNA later cleared her of the crime.
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Wilton Dedge

Dedge served 22 years for a rape he didn’t commit and is now spending his time trying to help other wrongly accused prisoners compensation for their time in jail.
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Larry Bostic

To avoid a life sentence, Bostic actually pled guitly to rape, though he was later exonerated. He spent 18 years in jail.
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Dennis Maher

Despite spending 19 years in jail for a rape he didn’t commit, Maher remains positive and optimistic about the rest of his life.
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