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Now free, once wrongfully convicted man reflects on true freedom on Juneteenth

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jun 19, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — Corey Atchison was wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit in 1991 at just 20 years old.

After being held behind bars for 28 years, lawyer Joe Norwood and private investigator Eric Cullen, from the non-profit Oklahoma Justice League, were able to prove Atchison's innocence and help free him on July 16, 2019.

Cullen had recently helped free Atchison's younger brother, Malcolm Scott, from a wrong conviction in 2016.

Now, as the country’s views on racial treatment are being called into question, and after being free for 11 months, Atchison said the world is eerily similar to how it was before he was wrongly sent to prison.

“Even the worst day out here is better than the best day where I was living about a year ago," Atchison said. "But it’s still the same 28 to 30 years after I got out. It’s still the same and it seems like it’s gotten a little worse because we are still seeing black people getting hassled or roughed up or even killed."

Despite the time, Atchison lost while in prison for a crime he did not commit, he is not bitter and says the community can not be during this time either

“Hate you can’t hold because hate will tear you up and destroy things," Atchison said. "You’ve got to have good inside and you have to believe and have faith and believe that it can get better even with everything you see in this world. You have got to believe this."

Atchison told 2 Works For You News he’s looking forward to traveling to each state.

He plans on doing that after he becomes a certified CDL truck driver.

If you would like to help the non-profit Oklahoma Justice League free wrongfully convicted Oklahomans, donate by clicking here.

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