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Calvin Johnson was just 25-years-old when he was wrongfully convicted for the rape of a woman in 1983. Johnson served 16 years for that crime. In 1999 a judge ordered a new trial for Johnson DNA tests were done on samples collected from the rape kit. The DNA testing concluded that Johnson was not the perpetrator. The District Attorney decided to drop the charges against Johnson after looking at the DNA test result. Johnson was the first man freed exonerated in part to DNA evidence in the state of Georgia.

Calvin Johnson is now on the inaugural board of directors for the Innocence Project. He also serves on the board of the Georgia Innocence Project. In September 2003, his book Exit To Freedom was published by the University of Georgia Press. Co-authored by Dr. Greg Hampikian, the book chronicles Johnson’s wrongful arrest, conviction, imprisonment, and the events that led to his exoneration.

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