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. Now authorities have identified the man they say is responsible.

Out of prison, Jones plays too fast and too loose

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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