Daniel Taylor, center, watches his nieces and nephews play in front of his Aunt Marie’s house on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Nearly all of his nieces and nephews were born during the twenty years he was incarcerated. The Fourth of July, his sixth day of freedom, was the first time that he met all of them. He said it was overwhelming to observe all of the life that he had missed on a holiday that celebrates freedom. When Daniel Taylor was 17, he was wrongly convicted of a double murder that he physically could not have committed. Police investigators beat him into the false confession that sealed his fate, but there was paperwork to prove he had been in police custody for disorderly conduct at the time the murders occurred. Daniel spent two decades of his life sentence looking out from behind bars knowing that he had every right to be free. On June 28th, 2013, the charges against Daniel were dropped and he was released from maximum-security prison in Menard, IL. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, Daniel was the 90th to be exonerated in Cook County since 1989 and the 34th to be wrongfully convicted based on a faulty confession.

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