In Arkansas, three young men spent 18 years in a high security prison for a crime there is no evidence they committed. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelleys convictions for the 1993 murders of three young boys were based on the weakest of circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution on the strength of a corrupted police investigation. Jessie and Jason got life, and Damien was sentenced to death by lethal injection. A high-profile campaign for their release gained support from people all over the world.
Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley were released from prison last August in a legal maneuver known as an "Alford Plea", whereby the men plead guilty in their own best interest while asserting innocence. They are now in the process of overturning their sentences and clearing their names.