Why I Took a Plea Deal Even Though DNA Proved My Innocence

The Alford plea offers freedom at a costly price. While it allows one the right to maintain innocence, a criminal conviction remains visible on their record and therefore, they are not eligible for compensation from the government. Leroy Harris took an Alford plea after serving 29 years in prison for a crime he has always maintained he didn’t commit.

Watch here to see the story of a Kansas man who was exonerated after 23 years, but could not receive compensation from the state.

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