Can you imagine being imprisoned for nearly 40 years for a crime you didn’t commit?
That’s exactly what happened to Malcolm Alexander, a Louisiana man who was given a life sentence for rape when he was 21 years old in 1980.
According to Today, Alexander was assisted by The Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that helps wrongfully accused prisoners prove their innocence. With the help of DNA evidence, the now-58-year-old was finally found not guilty after four long decades behind bars.
“I want to eat something home-cooked [a slice of beignet-type fried bread + coffee that his mom used to make] … You cannot be angry. There’s not enough time to be angry.” #MalcolmAlexander told @theadvocateno (Photo: @InnocenceProjNO) https://t.co/LVGyQSg1gs pic.twitter.com/8Wtw63ZKRv
— Innocence Project (@innocence) January 30, 2018
While he was incarcerated, Alexander got involved in a program that enables prisoners to raise puppies. Now a free man, he was able to take his beloved dog, named Innocent or Inn for short, home with him.
“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” he told CBS New York.
— Innocence Project (@innocence) January 31, 2018
Along with her loving human, 9-month-old Innocent is thrilled to explore life outside of the prison walls. And unsurprisingly, Alexander is enjoying it with her.
(Fast forward to the 2 minute mark to see Inn join her favorite human in freedom!)