The Cost of Freedom

Johnnie Earl Lindsey has spent the last 26 years in prison for rape.  He was convicted in Dallas County.  Now comes word that new DNA evidence proves he is innocent.  A hearing is set for Friday.

Here’s what I want to know.  How on earth do you compensate a person for 26 years of their life?  It’s a tragedy and a shame that if Lindsey is released he will be the 20th person apparently wrongly convicted  in Dallas County.  It is also a tribute to District Attorney Craig Watkins office that he is trying to make these wrongs right.

But the question remains:  What does the state of Texas owe these people?  What is 26 years of your life worth?


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