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Man wrongfully incarcerated for 38 years leaves prison with puppy he raised

2018-2-27 13:04| 发布者: hujian| 查看: 44| 评论: 0

摘要:   Alexander said she was "the runt" of a litter of 10. He chose her because he thought she was the one who most needed his love.  He recounts telling Inn back then that "one day we'll be out of he ...

  Alexander said she was "the runt" of a litter of 10. He chose her because he thought she was the one who most needed his love.

  He recounts telling Inn back then that "one day we'll be out of here. Just be patient."

  Between that promise and their>

  "To have a dog is a privilege," Alexander said. "It makes the world different."

 Alexander with his family and Innocence Project legal team

  Vanessa Potkin, the Innocence Project's director of post-conviction litigation, told TODAY in an email that Alexander's wrongful imprisonment can be traced, at least in part, to a system in which public defenders are responsible for too many cases, with too little support.

  It's a system that's regularly described as being in "crisis."

  "The courts and public defenders cannot handle the volume of cases being processed," she said. "Public defenders are overloaded and don't have the resources to provide the type of representation that any of us would want for ourselves or our families."

  "Thirty-eight years is unimaginable. He survived 38 years of anyone's worst nightmare," Potkin added. "Being so removed from society, isolated in essentially hell."

 Malcolm Alexander with his son and grandson

  Alexander said he was angry when he was first incarcerated, but he isn't any longer. He said his strongest, deepest feeling now is to "enjoy what life we have left."

  "Let what happened be gone, and let's move on. Simple," he said. "I'm surrounded by love."

  Still, moving on will require many adjustments. So much has changed in the last 38-some years since Alexander was wrongfully imprisoned.

  "I got incarcerated in 1980. We didn’t have cellphones and stuff like that," he said. "They say you can’t make up for lost time, but trust me I really am trying to."

  Alexander's family has changed, too. His son, Malcolm Stewart Sr., was 2 years old when Alexander was imprisoned, and is 40 years old now with a 20-year-old son of his own. Until Alexander and Inn get a place of their own, they are living with his son and his son's family.

  Alexander's son recently took him around to various government agencies so he could get his driver's license, and register to vote.

  "My family has matured and it’s like a new family," Alexander said.

  Potkin said that Alexander hasn't petitioned the state for compensation for his wrongful imprisonment. The amount he could receive, if he does file suit, is limited by statute to what Potkin says is a small amount>

  "Under Louisiana’s compensation law, Malcolm Alexander could receive only $250,000, plus funding for job training and education, for his 38 years of wrongful imprisonment," she said. "And the state could oppose his compensation application — which often happens even in the>

 Alexander is focused on building a life for himself and for Inn, the puppy he raised in prison. Courtesy of Malcolm Alexander

  Alexander learned carpentry, woodworking and jewelry-making skills in prison. He is now trying to raise the funds to help him open a booth in the Frenchmen Art Market/Art Garage in New Orleans.

  Alexander said he wants to work, and to provide for himself. There's a crowdfunding campaign to help him get started, so that whatever else happens he can finally build this life for himself, and for Inn.

  "Oh, she’s beautiful. She’s beautiful," Alexander said of the dog. "She really enjoys her freedom."



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