We are two men who spent 42 years in prison for crimes we did not commit. AMA (Ask us anything)
We are Clarence Harrison and Robert Clark. With the help of the Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) and DNA testing, we were exonerated from prison after spending 18 years and 24 years, respectively, in prison for crimes we didn’t commit.
We are answering questions today. An intern at GIP is helping us type our answers.
Clarence Harrison: Clarence was convicted in 1987 for rape, robbery, and kidnapping in Decatur, Georgia. Clarence was interrogated about a rape, solely based on rumor. The victim positively identified him in a photo lineup, later proven to be mistaken identification. He was exonerated after GIP found a slide from the original rape kit and performed DNA testing that confirmed that Clarence was not the perpetrator. He was the first man exonerated by GIP and was exonerated in 2004 after serving nearly 18 years in prison.
Robert Clark: Robert was convicted of rape, kidnapping, and armed robbery in 1982. The victim positively identified him in a photo lineup and in the courtroom, even though the actual perpetrator was in the courtroom at the same time. (Robert is 5 or 6 inches taller than the real perpetrator). DNA testing proved that Robert could not be the perpetrator; the DNA matched a man already in prison serving time for sodomy and cruelty to children. Robert was 21 years old when he went to prison and spent 24 years wrongfully incarcerated, more than half of his life.
For more information on wrongful convictions and the work being done to correct them, please see the following websites: http://ga-innocenceproject.org/ http://www.innocenceproject.org/ www.reddit.com/r/wrongfulconvictions
LEGEND: R = Response from Robert C = Response from Clarence
EDIT: Robert and Clarence are having car trouble but there are on their way. In order to be respectful of your time and your questions, they will be extending the time that they will be answering question. They are extremely sorry. We will post a picture of them at the computer as soon as they arrive and begin answering questions. Also, edit for more information on wrongful convictions.
EDIT #2: They are here! We're super sorry but we are going to be answering questions as quickly as possible! Posting picture as proof ASAP!
EDIT #3: Picture proving we are currently answering. http://i.imgur.com/SeaUI.jpg
EDIT #4: Robert has to get going right now "Keep supporting the Georgia Innocence Project! This has been GREAT! See you all next time!" Clarence is sticking around though!!!!!
EDIT #5: Clarence is finishing up. His parting words: "It has been very fun and I appreciate you all being so interested in what it has been like for an innocent man to have been falsely imprisoned. I have to say this technology stuff has really gone a long way. I would have never believed that you could have so much fun with people and not even be able to see them. And I look forward to this adventure in the future, and it truly was an adventure due to the fact that I STILL do not know what we are doing."
If you want to contact Clarence, you can email him at [email protected] or you can send regular mail to the Georgia Innocence Project, 2645 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033