Exonerated Helping the Exonerated in Texas
by: Jennifer Stayton
Dallas County has been in the news a lot in recent years, because of the number of wrongfully convicted prisoners who have been freed after their cases were reviewed and some new DNA tests run. In all, 28 prisoners have been freed. And over half of them have immediately turned around to help others in similar shoes: the newly exonerated.
The Texas Observer’s Managing Editor, Michael May, wrote about this group in a recent article. You might think just-freed prisoners would have a long to-do list and would want to get as far away from their former fellow inmates as possible. But the members of the Texas Exoneree Project, and there are about 14 of them, have banded together to help out others who were wrongfully convicted and then released.
KUT’s Jennifer Stayton talked with Michael May about those exonerations – why there were so many wrongful convictions, and what led to the release of those prisoners. She also talked with Johnnie Lindsay and Richard Miles, two members of the Texas Exoneree Project, about how they wound up in prison wrongfully convicted, and what they are now doing to help others exonerees with finances, housing, employment, and perhaps most important of all, empathy.