After 38 years, a wrongfully convicted man was released from prison, alongside the dog he raised from behind bars.
In 1980, Malcolm Alexander was 21 years old when was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit.
After spending nearly four decades incarcerated, Alexander walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola a free man, after DNA evidence proved his innocence.
But he wouldn’t walk out alone. The day after his release, Alexander was reunited with his canine companion.
“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander told CBS New York.
Alexander had been receiving aid from the Innocence Project since 1996 and had just been absolved of his crime less than a month ago.
“The stakes in this case couldn’t have been higher for Mr. Alexander who faced a mandatory sentence of life without parole, yet the attorney that he entrusted with his life did next to nothing to defend him,” said Vanessa Potkin, the post-conviction litigation director at the Innocence Project.
“Thirty-eight years is unimaginable. He survived 38 years of anyone’s worst nightmare,” Potkin added. “Being so removed from society, isolated in essentially hell.”
Luckily, Alexander was able to get through his unjust incarceration, attributing his willpower for survival to his black lab, who never left his side.