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'No More Bars': Exonerated Kansas Man Returns Home 23 Years Later

"I can just touch him anytime I want," says Rosie McIntyre, whose son Lamonte had been serving two life sentences for double homicide.
Lamonte McIntyre and his mother Rosie. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)

Outside the Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, a crowd gathered around Lamonte McIntyre.

It was October, on Friday the 13th, but McIntyre felt lucky. After serving 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, he became a free man.

“I felt human for the first time,” he says, recalling those first moments. “I felt like I had my life back.”

Just 2,100 men and. Like McIntyre, of all exonerees convicted of murder are black.

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