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Emerson Stevens

Emerson Stevens

In 1986, Emerson Stevens, of Lancaster County, Virginia, was sentenced to life in prison for murder and abduction. Paroled in 2017, Steven was granted an absolute pardon in 2021 after his attorneys presented new evidence that contradicted the state's theory of the crime and the testimony of key witnesses.(Photo: Innocence Project at UVA School of Law)
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Ronald Jacobsen

Ronald Jacobsen

In 1990, Ronald Jacobsen was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a convenience store clerk in Covington, Georgia. He was exonerated by DNA testing in 2021.(Photo: Daniele Selby/Innocence Project)
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James Davis

James Davis

In 2006, James Davis was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison for a murder at a party in Brooklyn, New York. He was exonerated in 2021 after witnesses his defense lawyer failed to call at trial testified that Davis left the party before the shooting occurred. (Photo: Legal Aid Society)
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Paul Shane Garrett

Paul Shane Garrett

In 2003, Paul Shane Garrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a sex worker in Nashville, Tennessee. He was exonerated in 2021 after DNA testing identified another suspect, who was then charged with the crime.(Photo: Josie Norris/The Tennessean)
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