After the Exoneration

DNA evidence is freeing more innocent people, but few are compensated for those years in prison

One unlucky evening in 1984, Ricky Daye was riding in a Buick with a broken taillight in San Diego. The police pulled the car over and thought they recognized Daye's face from a WANTED sketch. He was arrested and five months later convicted of the brutal rape and kidnapping of a young San Diego mother. Daye spent 10 years in California prisons, insisting all the time that he was innocent. Finally, in 1994, a DNA test showed he could not have been the culprit, and he was freed.

A happy ending? Not entirely. For months afterward, strangers who recognized Daye from...

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