Man Proved Innocent After Spending 48 Years in Jail

A man who spent nearly half a century in prison was released after his case lacked sufficient evidence. Glynn Simmons, who is now 70 years old, spent 48 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1974. A court order by an Oklahoma judge declared him innocent, suggesting there was nothing that proved Simmons was the suspect.

Longest Prison Time in US

The University of Michigan Law School’s National Registry of Exonerations listed Mr. Simmons as the longest-served prisoner who did no wrong. Oklahoma County District Judge Palumbo said in her ruling that the court didn’t find convincing evidence proving that the suspect is indeed Mr. Simmons.

Role of Race

In his brief interview with the press, Simmons highlighted the problem of race discouraging the justice system from functioning in the United States. According to criminal justice experts, race is a problem in the criminal justice system, which is also evident from the percentage of blacks in the US prisons.

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