Randy Steidl spent 17 years in Illinois prisons, including 12 on death row, for a crime he did not commit. Gary Drinkard spent almost six years on Alabama’s death row before being fully exonerated. Ron Keine served two years on death row in New Mexico, innocent and wrongfully convicted.
We are firsthand, living proof that the system is broken. We were each in the prime of our lives – our 20s and 30s – when we were stripped of the opportunity to make progress in our careers, continue raising our children or just enjoy a walk in the fresh air. We were going to die, executed for nothing we had done. But though we often felt like giving up, we kept fighting and earned our freedom.