Locked up for life for crimes they didn't commit

They were convicted of crimes they did not commit and are permanently changed by spending years in prison. They face a range of serious psychiatric problems and can never return to the lives they had before. Four exonerated prisoners - Robert Brown, Paddy Hill, Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle - told the BBC documentary Fallout their false convictions continued to blight their lives many years later.Robert Brown - sentenced to life: served 25 years
Robert Brown celebrates on his release from prison but he now says it was a hollow victory
At the age of 19, Glasgow-born Robert Brown was found guilty of a murder he didn't commit.
He was arrested in Manchester in 1977 and charged with killing 51-year-old Annie Walsh.Brown had first travelled to the city to watch Manchester United. He had met a girl and ended up staying. He says he was trying to build a new life for himself after growing up in a children's home in Renfrewshire."The police took that opportunity away from me to build a new life with my girlfriend, who I cared for and loved," he says. "It affected her as well. She died of alcohol poisoning at 35 years of age."
Locked up for life for crimes they didn't commit

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Robert Brown hasn’t slept in a bed in six months as he needs cell-like conditions to sleep.
Brown's arrest came early one morning four months after the murder. "I was beaten up in the police station for two days and I got blamed for the murder of Annie Walsh," he says.Brown signed a confession but always claimed it was because he was bullied into it by the police.A decade before his release he could have applied for parole but refused because it would have meant abandoning his claims of innocence.He says: "My mother begged me to take parole. That was never going to happen. If I had taken parole I was a dead man. "If I had took parole I would have been selling my soul to the devil. I would never have been free."
Empty victory
In 2002, the Court of Appeal heard of a "conspiracy of corruption" within Greater Manchester Police and that one of the police officers central to the case, former Detective Chief Inspector Jack Butler, was "deeply corrupt".Brown's conviction was considered unsafe and he was released after 25 years behind bars.Fallout is on BBC Two on Sunday at 22:00 and on the iplayer.
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