People Who Were Incarcerated For Crimes They Didn’t Commit

The justice system isn’t perfect. While judges and juries do their best to make the right decisions based on the facts, they don’t always have all the information necessary to properly convict criminals. From prosecutors withholding evidence to the true murderer lying on the stand as a witness, the following people were unjustly imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. One innocent man even spent time on death row and was five days away from execution.

Robin “Hurricane” Carter Was Imprisoned For A Triple Homicide


Robin “Hurricane” Carter was a middleweight boxer who was arrested along with a friend in 1966 for a triple homicide that took place in a bar and grill in Paterson, New Jersey. They were taken to the scene of the crime, and upon searching their car, police found firearms that matched the crime. Police did not take any fingerprints at the scene of the deaths and were unable to test for gunshot residue because they didn’t have the resources. Carter and his friend were tried for the crimes twice and convicted twice. He served time in Rahway State Prison.