Billy Wardell, 37, has a wife, a 2-year-old daughter, a house and a job as a machinist--every single thing he dreamed of during 11 years in an Illinois prison. And yet something is missing.
"There's a big gap that makes me wonder ... all the things I could have been and could have done," he said. "Now there's just a big piece of time that's gone."
Ronald Cotton Jr. faces the future by looking, unflinchingly, at his past.
Jennifer Thompson is the rape victim whose mistaken identification put him in prison for 10 years. He has become her friend. Together, they give speeches.
She lobbied to change laws so Cotton would be entitled to more than the $5,000 North Carolina originally offered as compensation. He received nearly $110,000.