News 02.27.07

Georgia Exoneree Pete Williams adjusts to his new life

Exonerated this month after serving 21 years for a crime he didn’t commit, Willie “Pete” Williams is still adjusting to life outside of prison. NPR Morning Edition today reports on his new life and his friendship with exoneree Calvin Johnson, who was proven innocent by DNA testing in 1999. Johnson serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors.

"Being free — there's nothing that can actually replace that," says Williams, who was released in January. "Freedom, it means everything."

The long years of incarceration have taken their toll on Williams, who continues to question whether his newfound freedom is real.

"I still have problems with that," he says. "I wake up 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, taking a look around, making sure that I'm not inside of a prison."


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. (National Public Radio, 02/27/07)


After Innocence

, a moving documentary film about the struggle of seven men to readjust to life after exoneration, was recently released on DVD. Read about the documentary and how you can support the exonerated.

Read more about

Pete Williams

and

Calvin Johnson

.

Efforts to compensate the wrongly convicted are gaining support nationwide. Currently,

21 states

have some form of compensation law.

Yesterday’s blog

covered a proposed measure in Florida and today a

Miami Herald editorial

advocates for passage of the legislation.

A compensation bill is also pending in Washington state and

an editorial today

supports passage of the bill. Read

previous blog posts

on this bill.


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