Over the course of 10 seasons, The Doctors have met numerous people whose wrongful convictions have shattered their lives and robbed them of so many years. We take a look back at some of the most powerful and touching stories of individuals who are striving to heal after spending years behind bars.
Earlier this season, we met Michelle, whose 3-month-old son was found dead with his throat slit. At the time, the then 17-year-old mother confessed to the crime, was arrested, found guilty, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole – all for something she did not do. The teenager was also mom to a 2-year-old and said while at the police station she was yelled at and berated by an officer. She told us she was instructed to admit to killing her baby and that help would be provided to her and she would be able to go home and see her 2-year-old daughter.
“I kept telling him, ‘I didn’t do this. There is no way I would ever hurt my kid’,” she recalled, saying this went on for approximately 8 hours. Michelle said after hours and hours, her only thought was getting out of the room and reuniting with her daughter so she admitted to a crime she never committed. She was behind bars for 16 years before she got an attorney to take her case on and overturn her conviction, which took an additional 4 years. Find out more about Michelle and how DNA evidence helped to overturn her conviction, here. Plus, see the emotional reunion of Michelle and her daughter Lindsey, who had not seen each other in 20 years, here.
Like Michelle, Ricky was also wrongfully convicted and was in prison for nearly 4 decades. He was given his life back thanks to the work of Ohio Innocence Project and Mark Godsey. See him share his incredible story.
Clarence was convicted of murder and rape, but they were crimes he did not commit. Find out the amazing way in which DNA helped free him from a life in prison.
The Doctors also delved into how those have been wrongfully convicted are able to heal and move on with their lives. Hear more about their struggles and how these individuals are striving to reclaim their lives.
Many of those wrongfully imprison are left traumatized and scarred from their time in jail. We examined a possible medical treatment from PTSD specialist Dr. Eugene Lipov, who says his breakthrough injection has been shown to help alleviate some of the lasting effects a life behind bars can cause.