Sunday, July 21, 2013

WI - Wrongfully convicted man is grateful but faces uphill battle to survive outside prison

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
On July 12, when he walked out of the Winnebago County Jail a free man for the first time in more than 20 years, [name withheld] had no money, no identification and nowhere to live.

[name withheld], 54, was wrongfully convicted in 1994 of sexual assault and kidnapping, crimes for which he was serving a 102-year sentence.

When he was released earlier this month, [name withheld] had less than a week’s supply of the dozen or so drugs he needs for a degenerative bone disease, blood clots and other health problems. He can’t afford more medication nor the required follow-up visits to the doctor.

I’m transient,” said [name withheld], who is staying at the homeless shelter at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. “I have no health coverage. Nothing.”

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