Brooklyn Prosecutors on Hunt for Innocent Prisoners

Former inmate Lawrence Williams, of Brooklyn, was freed from jail in April

Saturday, Oct 27, 2012  |  Updated 10:23 AM EDT
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Brooklyn Prosecutors on Hunt for Innocent Prisoners

A man imprisoned two years for a robbery he didn't commit has been exonerated with the help of a unit of prosecutors set up by the Brooklyn District Attorney to investigate possible wrongful convictions.

  Former inmate Lawrence Williams, of Brooklyn, was freed from jail in April. His conviction was formally reversed Friday by a judge.
 
The New York Times reports that the case was the work of a conviction integrity unit, set up a year ago by District Attorney Charles Hynes to examine cases where there is new evidence suggesting a prisoner is innocent.
 
Similar units have been created by prosecutors across the country.
 
Williams tells the Times that he "lost a lot" during his time behind bars, and is now "hanging on a string."

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