Innocent prisoners ?, is that possible in this age ? the unfortunately the answer is yes,  this article proves that our world is not as fair as we thought. In this interesting article, we have collected 10 of the longest prison sentences for innocent people

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10 Innocent Prisoners – Interesting Facts

10- James Joseph Richardson

James spent 21 years in prison. In 1937, James was accused of killing seven children using various chemicals, he was the main suspect . He was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death, but sentence changed to life imprisonment later. The main culprits in this case will be identified later and James is released and will be paid $ 1.2 million.

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9-Darryl Burton

Darryl has spent 24 years in prison, 24 years is enough for a newborn baby to get master’s degree and get graduated from university . His charge was a murder that took place in 1985 during a shooting at a gas station. Drill was found guilty and sentenced to 50 years in prison. The evidences were completely contrary to Darryl’s characteristics. After nearly half of his sentence in prison, his innocence is proven and Drill is released. The day he was released was the same as day of Barack Obama’s presidency .the first black president of united states.

8- Steven Phillips

The first white innocent person on the list is Steven Phillips, who spent 24 years in prison. Steven was considered a great man by those around him. He had a loving and successful family. But this accusation ruined everything. During Steven’s first decade in prison, his family believed in his innocence and visited him several times in prison. But after the first decade, his wife asked him for divorce, and Steven’s life fell apart. Twenty-four years after Steven’s conviction, DNA tests have found their way into police investigations.The DNA test linked another man to the case. And this technology proved Steven’s innocence. Steven is released and is rewarded with $ 6 million. But his wife is receiving $ 2 million because of divorce.

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7-Charles Chatman

After serving 27 years in prison, Charles Chatman is ranked seventh on the list of ten most innocent prisoners. In 1981, Charles was sentenced to 99 years in prison for raping and violence against a 52-year-old woman and stealing 15 dollars. Charles’ only mistake was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, which made him the only suspect in the case. Until, as in the previous case, DNA rescued Charles and proved that he was not a criminal

6-William Dillon

William is the second white man on the list, serving a 27-year sentence for the brutal murder of a gay man. He was only 21 years old when he was convicted . he was on a contract with a big baseball team.So his conviction separated him from success, fame, and millions of dollars income. Until, as in the previous case, on the 27th year, his DNA conviction saved him and proved his innocence. Years after his release, the state of Florida paid for all his living expenses .

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5-Michael Green

In 1983, at the age of 18, he was sentenced to 75 years in prison for rape. He spent 27 years in prison until he was found not guilty. He received $ 2.2 million, but that was nothing compared to the harassment he had seen.

4-Glenn Ford

Glenn spent 30 years in prison for killing an old white man. He owned a jewelry store. He was 34 at the time of the charge and had only one son. He was released from prison at the age of 64 and is considered a grandfather.


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3-Cornelius Dupree JR

He was sentenced to 75 years in prison for raping. He spent 30 years of his sentence in prison.he was 20 when he was charged guilty, During those 30 years, he spent his youth in prison, a time when most humans enjoy their lives. When Cornelius was released, the government paid him $ 80,000 for each year he spent in prison. That’s $ 2.4 million.

2-James Bain

In 1974, James was convicted of kidnapping and rape.he was imprisoned for 35 years, he was transferred to six different prisons in that time. He received $ 1.7 million from the government when he was released.


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1-Louis Taylor

Louis was a young black man who entered a court of white men when the racism was at its peak . He received more than 28 life sentences for setting a hotel on fire and killing more than 20 people. Throughout his sentence, he claimed that he was not guilty and was wrongly convicted. After 42 years in prison, it was proved that not only he had not set the hotel on fire and that he had not killed those people, but he was trying to rescue the trapped people during the accident .

What do you think about justice? Do you know other innocent people who were charged guilty? Let us know in the comments section.


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