17 Years of Someone's Life Thrown Away For Nothing
He was in jail for 17 of the 23 year and 6 month sentance that he was given. On April 21, 2010 Northrop was free. He recieved his letter in the mail 8 months prior telling him that the DNA samples thaey were reviewing throughtout his time in jail were found no match to hs DNA. He was releived to say the least. He went around the jail saying "I'm out of here!!"
Getting out of jail is probably the best feelings someone could have but at the same time you have to start over with a life you dont know about anymore. You've missed out on all the new advancements with technology and things that you use from a day to day basis. Nortthrop also missed out on his time to be a father and grandfather. His three children were all under 6 years old when he was incarcerated and 17 years later his daughter has 2 year old and both his sons are in their 20s. Not being a part of your childrens lives would be hard to come back adn be the father without memories or anything. Also now he has the name of a rapist that has to overcome. All these challenges would never be in place if it wasnt for a wrong conviction.
Since Northrop was convicted in Washington and Washington is one of the states that does not reemburse you for the money you missed out on getting while you were in jail. Most states you will get some sort of money mostly around 50,000 per year you were injail just to help you get back on yopur feet. Since he did not recieve this he is working a $12.50 an hour job trying to get by. When you are a grown man it is hard to get by with only a almost minimum wage job. He cannot afford his own place so he stays with his new girlfriend, his daughter, and his granddaughter. He also cannot afford any transportation so he has to depend on other people or he has to get public transportation. This is not a life anyone would want to live so why should an innocent man be punished to this extent.
This case is crazy because the law ruined his life forever and they are not helping with anything which is not fair to anyone in any way.
What do you think about how everything was laid out?
Do you think anything should be done to the people in Alan Northrop's position?
http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/apr/03/innocence-project-northrop-freed-rape-prison/That is exactly what happened to Alan Northrop from Washington. Northrop had the face of a sketch that was made for a rape, burglary, and kidnapping. while playing pool one day at a town bar an officer came in a questioned him with handcuffing him soon to follow. Northrop told the officer he did not do it but when he had to ivew his alibi he was honest and said he was at his house or at his girlfriend houe which made the detectives believe he was lying. On January 11, 1993, Northrop's life was changed forever.