Charles Chatman appeared three times before the parole board, each time insisting he had not committed rape. Recently, DNA evidence proved he was not lying, and he was released from prison after serving 26 years of his sentence.
Chatman became the 15th inmate to be exonerated from the Dallas County prison system since 2001. No prison system in the nation has been shown to have wrongly convicted more people than Dallas County has. Texas leads the nation since 2001 with 30.
This is in part because the Dallas County crime lab retains biological evidence from crimes, unlike most jurisdictions in the U.S. Chatman, 47, was imprisoned in 1981 at the age of 20 after a rape victim picked him out of a line-up.