Imagine being sentenced to 75 years behind bars for rape and robbery. Imagine spending 30 of those 75 years in prison before you finally get parole. Imagine a week after you become a free man the DNA results come back exonerating you of the crime. Cornelius Dupree Jr (51) knows the feeling, he has spent more than half his life incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. During his time in prison he continually tried to appeal the sentence but the Court of Criminal Appeals turned him down three times. Since 2001 there have been 21 DNA exonerations in Dallas.
Psst How do you give a man back 30 years? No amount of reparations can bring back those years.