I cannot even imagine.
The story is creative, fascinating, artistic, and devastating. Photographer Billy Smith II captured harrowing portraits of the 24 exonerees, and when you click on their images, it takes you to a brief summary of their story.
Johnnie Lindsey served 26 years for a rape he didn't commit.
Michael Morton served 24 years for killing his wife, until DNA testing found the real killer.
Gregory Wallis served 17 years for rape based on misidentification of his tattoo.
Cornelius Dupree Jr. served 30 years for sexual assault and robbery, until DNA testing exonerated him.
And the stories go on and on. I am pretty empathic but I can't even really conceive of spending all those years in prison for a crime I had nothing to do with. I also can't imagine dealing with the rage and resentment that would inevitably haunt me even after I was freed.
The first Voice of Witness book, Surviving Justice, is a collection of oral histories from people who were exonerated after serving years in prison for crimes they didn't commit.
The Innocence Project does incredible work to exonerate innocent people and enact legal reform.
Let me know if you check out the article. It has certainly been impactful for me!