They served years in prison for crimes they didn't commit. Now they struggle to resurrect their lives,  the vast majority denied compensation or help from  the states that wrongfully imprisoned them.
a closer look at the stories
interview with producer ofra bikel

Profiles of the five men featured in this report, plus the Web-exclusive story of a sixth, Dennis Fritz.

after the cameras leave?

The exonerated talk about their newfound freedom -- and the scars left by years of unjust imprisonment.

frequently asked questions

Why don't exonerees get state assistance? How can I help? Plus, state-by-state info on legislation, and more.

the innocents

Photos and excerpts from photographer Taryn Simon's new book about 45 men falsely accused and convicted.

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published may 1, 2003

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