Exonerated, but still not free Joe Jones was the first person in the state to be exonerated of a crime by DNA evidence, but life after prison has been difficult.

Fast and loose, failure and recovery

After his release, Jones was awarded $350,000, which he spent on a home, a race car and drugs. The money was gone within five years.

On the outside

After leaving prison in 1992, the state of Kansas awarded Jones a $350,000 payment following his exoneration. The money added up to about $6 for every hour Jones was behind bars. On the outside, however, Jones struggled and eventually became addicted to cocaine.


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