Tennessee black man, Lawrence McKinney, spent over half of his life in prison only to be released in 2009 with $75.
While some States in America have provision for compensation of wrongfully convicted persons, some other don’t. Under the Tennessee law there is provision for compensation. If granted, McKinney stands the chance of being compensated with $1 million.
Sadly the request has been rejected twice. Patsy Bruce served on the parole board that denied McKinney’s first exoneration hearing the first time. She says she is not convinced that the 61-year old man was innocent of the crime.
Patsy also says that the case was rejected because the judge and the district attorney did not provide sufficient evidence that was properly tested.
In 1978, Lawrence McKinney was convicted and sentenced to 115 years in prison for rape and burglary charges.
He was released in 2009 after being exonerated by a DNA evidence.
After spending such a long time in detention and released with $75, the black man has resorted to menial jobs in his church in order to make ends meet.
Jack Lowery has appealed the case to Gov. Bill Haslam, who has the final say.
“It is not justice for him not to receive compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned.”
“There has been one mistake made that sent him to prison. I trust that another is not made that does not allow him exoneration.”
– Jack Lowery, McKinney’s lawyer.
If the Tennessee Parole Board hears his exoneration case, McKinney becomes eligible for up to $1 million in compensation.
The compensation sum will make life easier for him and equally clear his name.
“I don’t have no life, all my life was taken away.”
CBS report says that more than half of wrongly convicted people never get compensated.