“They would never accept the fact that I was innocent. They would have never admit to that fact. So they fought it. So without the certificate of innocence, I wouldn’t be able to move on. It would still be on my record, first of all.
I was basically released into a world that had left me 10 years behind. I left with a jogging suit off of canteen (commissary shop) and orange shoes that they provide for you in the jail. I had $30 left on my account. When they mailed me the check, they charged me $16 for the orange shoes.