Survivors of wrongful conviction cast their ballot in historic midterm election, some for the first time ever

By Innocence Staff

Tyra Patterson moments after voting for the time in her life.

An astounding 113 million people turned out to vote yesterday in perhaps one of the most contentious midterms elections in history, determining key races from attorney general to governor around the country. For some people, like Tyra Patterson, Carlos Sanchez, Stefon Morant, Kevin Bailey, and Rodney Roberts it was the first time in their life they had the right to vote after decades of wrongful incarceration.

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With the exception of Vermont and Maine, all states exclude incarcerated people from the democratic process. Take a look at how voting felt to first-time voters and returning voters from the innocence community.

Kevin Bailey, freed in 2018 after 30 years in prison


Tyra Patterson, freed in 2017 after 23 years in prison


Darrell Jones, freed in 2017 after 32 years in prison

Carlos Sanchez, freed in 2017 after 25 years in prison


Tony Wright, freed in 2016 after 25 years in prison

Stefon Morant, freed in 2015 after 25 years in prison


Anthony Ray Hinton, freed in 2015 after 30 years in prison


Rodney Roberts, freed in 2014 after 20 years in prison


Yusef Salaam, freed in 2002 after nearly 7 years in prison


Kirk Bloodsworth, freed in 1993 after 8 years in prison



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