On January 30, Malcolm Alexander became the Innocence Project’s longest serving client to be exonerated when a Jefferson Parish district judge dismissed the rape indictment against him and ordered his release.
He spent nearly 38 years in Louisiana’s Angola prison for the crime that DNA evidence proved he didn’t commit.
“The stakes, in this case, couldn’t have been higher for Mr. Alexander who faced a mandatory sentence of life without parole, yet the attorney that he entrusted with his life did next to nothing to defend him,” said Vanessa Potkin, post-conviction litigation director at the Innocence Project, “It is simply unconscionable. Mr. Alexander was just 21 years old when he was convicted after a trial that began and ended all in the same day. We know there are many more innocent people in prison today because their lawyers did not provide effective representation, or did not have the resources to put on an adequate defense. Without effective defense counsel, our system is nothing more than a conviction mill.”
The day after Alexander was released, he was reunited with his 9-month puppy Inn, short for Innocence, who he raised on the Angola farm. Watch the video of their reunion.