The judicial system is not always fair nor is it always right. Many have had to face the reality of being wrongly convicted and not having their voices heard. Being in prison does not only affect the inmate but their families they leave behind as well. The pain of being put behind bars for a crime he did not commit did not stop this man from looking forward to a future with a life long friend.
Malcolm Alexander, now 58 was given a life sentence in 1980 at the age of 21 for a rape he did not commit. The reason he ended up behind bars was found out to be because his lawyer who is now disbarred for neglect did not do his part for Alexanders defense. This is not the only time this has happened as he was deemed responsible for not doing his job for other cases as well.
The Innocence Project have dutifully helped people like Alexander for more than two decades by freeing more than 300 people who have been wrongly convicted. In the year 1996 the Project took over Alexander’s case and using DNA evidence to prove his truth were able to finally overturn his conviction.
After spending 38 years in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, January 30 marked the day he walked a free man. The icing on the cake though, is that his cellmate, an adorable black Labrador was set free as well. Innocence was allowed to spend her days with Alexander as a reward for good behaviour and being born in Angola, had never seen the outside world herself.
Besides being able to reunite with his family, especially his son who was 2 when he was convicted, Alexander gets to keep a part of his life that brought him joy and companionship for almost four decades. Nothing is stopping this man from moving forward as he says, “Let what happened be gone, and let’s move on. Simple. I’m surrounded by love.”
Malcolm Alexander, who was freed yesterday after nearly 38 years, is being reunited with his puppy Inn who he raised in Angola prison. Learn more about his case: owl.li/i2Bu30i5VOE
Posted by Innocence Project on Wednesday, January 31, 2018