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Clarence Harrison


Clarence Harrison, the Georgia Innocence Project’s first exoneree, served over 17 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. His case involved mistaken eyewitness identification and confirmation bias by police, and he had been told for years all the crime-scene evidence had been destroyed. After GIP found the missing rape kit and had it DNA tested, Clarence was exonerated in August 2004. He married his long-time girlfriend 18 days later; they are still married. Clarence now provides support to other exonerees, and speaks publicly and educates others about wrongful conviction and its many consequences.