Cases – Freedom Stories


Devonia Inman
23 years lost
After 23 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Devonia Inman walked out of a Georgia prison and into the arms of family in time to celebrate his first Christmas as a free man in more than two decades.
Ron Jacobsen
31 years lost

 At 61 years old, after spending more than half his life incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, Ron Jacobsen has at last been fully exonerated.

Dennis Perry
21 years lost

After more than 20 years behind bars, and just over one year after his release from prison, Dennis Perry has finally been exonerated of the 1985 double murder of Harold and Thelma Swain.

Terry Talley
40 years lost

Terry Talley walked out of Dooly State Prison a free man after Georgia Innocence Project, LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar, and Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herb Cranford, Jr. all agreed Terry never should have been convicted of a number of violent sexual assaults in 1981.

Johnny Lee Gates
43 years lost

Johnny Lee Gates spent more than 43 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. On May 15, 2020, he walked free from Muscogee County Jail.

Kerry Robinson
18 years lost

Kerry Robinson walked out of Coffee Correctional Facility a free man on January 8, 2020, after spending nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Michael Googe
7 years lost

A unique partnership between the Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys' Council, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Innocence Project led to the exoneration of Michael Googe of Brunswick, GA. He was convicted in 2007 for the burglary of a convenience store.

Michael Marshall
2 years lost

On December 14, 2009, more than two years after being wrongfully convicted, Michael Marshall was set free after post-conviction DNA testing proved his innocence.

John White
27 years lost

John White walked out of prison a free man in December of 2007, after spending over 22 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Pete Williams
22 years lost

On January 23, 2007, after serving over 22 years of a 45-year sentence, Pete Williams was released from prison at the age of 45. When asked how it felt to be released after all the years he spent in prison, Pete said, “Being free—nothing can replace that. Freedom, it means everything.”

Robert Clark
24 years lost

Robert was exonerated in December 2005, and walked out of prison an innocent man. At the time of his arrest, he was 21 years old, the father of a 5-year-old son, and lived with his mother, who never lost faith in him throughout his trial and incarceration.

Clarence Harrison
17 years lost

Clarence Harrison, Georgia Innocence Project’s first exoneree, served nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He was released in 2004  after post-conviction DNA testing conclusively proved his innocence.

Calvin C. Johnson Jr.
16 years lost

On June 15, 1999, nearly sixteen years after he was incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, Calvin Johnson (represented by the Innocence Project) finally walked out of prison, becoming the first person in Georgia to be freed by DNA testing.