Elation Dontae Sharpe is released as a free man, 26 years after he was wrongly convicted of murder.
But proving his innocence was only the first step on a long road. As he tries to rebuild his life – and hold the system to account – one thing still eludes him.
This movie was created by Chelsea Bailey, Hannah Long Higgins, and Shrey Bhubat
Additional photography by Eric Preston, Fusion Films and Spencer Zachary. Graphics and animation by Sarah Scott
Dontae Sharpe is currently a RISE Fellow on Forward Justice, where he advocates for criminal justice reform in North Carolina.