Exonerated Prisoner Darrell Jones Votes For The First Time

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — After 32 years behind bars, Darrell Jones was found not guilty in a retrial of a murder case, and he walked out of prison in 2018. He was exonerated last year. On Friday, the last day of early voting in Massachusetts, he cast a ballot for the first time.

Jones told WBZ NewsRadio there was no way he was going to miss out on an opportunity that he had waited so long to have.

"Because it's not going to happen on its own," he said, "The race thing is not going to change on its own, the way we see each other is not going to change on its own. We avoid the thing we should do."

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Besides casting his ballot, Jones is working with the organization The Innocent Convicts. He also had an interesting take on the most recent police shooting in Philadelphia, saying police there can learns a lot from prison guards.

"They've seen a lot of knives in their time, a lot of knives come out," Jones said, "and they're not killing us because somebody pulled a knife. They don't have guns in there just to shoot us."

WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville reports:

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