Innocent Black Man Released From Prison After Spending 30 Years Incarcerated
Cornelius Dupree a black Texan man was recently released from prison after being wrongfully accused and convicted of robbery and rape in 1979.
Pictured Cornelius Dupree Jr., right, and his wife Selma Perkins Dupree
The state of Texas recently exonerated Dupree due to evidence of DNA. Read More Here
It is stories like this that hurts my heart. I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands people who are in locked up due to "mistaken identification." I remember watching a special on 60 minutes (I think) about how hard it is to identify someone. The state of Texas leads the numbers of states in freeing wrongly convicted felons. Since 2001 they have freed over 41 wrongly convicted inmates due to DNA testing. I don't know how much truth this is but I was told in issues such as wrongly convicted prisoners they somehow get a large lump-some of money. I'm not sure how I would feel if myself or anyone I personally knew had to spend time in prison for something they were wrongfully accused of. But I'm sure I would be angry. Dupree stated,"It's a joy to be free again." Stories such as this one says a great deal about our country. I hate making things such as this a race issue, but racism still exist no matter how much we (as a country) try to sweep it under the rug. "The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time." - William Butler Yeats
What is something you have been wrongfully accused of? How did it make you feel? Do you think it had something to do with race? Let us know.