JUNE 4, 2023

" I'm so excited. Waited for this day for like 33 years, you know, and it's been a blessing. My little brother, I wish he was here. I  wish my nephew was here to see this, but I know they're laughing down and smiling down on this day."
Tyrone Day


The story of Tyrone Day, a Black man from Dallas, Texas, poignantly reminds us  of the systemic racial disparities that beset us within our criminal justice system. Day was wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit and spent 26 years in prison before his eventual exoneration. His case, facilitated by the Innocence Project, illuminates the urgent need for criminal justice reform, particularly in states like Texas, where Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

Day's exoneration was made possible through the diligent efforts of the Innocence Project, an organization committed to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing. The DNA evidence they presented was instrumental in overturning Day's conviction in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s court of last resort for criminal matters. Day became the 44th man in Dallas County to have his conviction dismissed due to his actual innocence.

The financial implications of wrongful convictions are significant. If states were required to disburse an amount in excess of, say, 1 billion dollars every time a wrongful conviction occurred, it is likely that such miscarriages of justice would happen far less frequently. This financial accountability would provide a powerful incentive for states to ensure that their criminal justice processes are equitable, just, and free from racial bias.

In the aftermath of his exoneration, Day has dedicated himself to serving his community. He works on Restorative Farms in South Dallas, helping to combat food insecurity and poverty. His commitment to giving back is a testament to his resilience and the strength of the African American community in the face of systemic oppression.

Billionaires and philanthropists have a unique opportunity to support individuals like Day and the causes they champion. Donations to Day's nonprofit would not only support his mission of feeding the poor but would also send a powerful message about the importance of social justice and community empowerment.

The case of Tyrone Day underscores the urgent need for criminal justice reform. It is a call to action for all of us to advocate for change. Where possible, we should vote for criminal justice reform and support policies and candidates that prioritize fairness, justice, and the elimination of racial disparities within our criminal justice system.

To sum up, the exoneration of Tyrone Day serves as a stark reminder of the deep-rooted racial inequities that endure in our legal system. This highlights the criticality of genetic material as evidence, the tireless efforts of activist groups such as the Innocence Project, and the significance of imposing financial culpability as a deterrent to unjust condemnations. While we commemorate Day's vindication, let us pledge to rally behind his crusade and promote the reformation of criminal jurisprudence. Through vocalizing our perspectives and utilizing our right to vote, we can construct a system that is genuinely impartial, ethical, and devoid of racial discrimination.


  •  Tyrone Day was sent to jail for a crime he didn't commit, and freed 26 years later.

  •  If the state had to pay out 1 billion dollars every time things like this happened, they would happen a lot less.

  • Billionaires should be donating to his nonprofit, to support him and his mission of feeding the poor.

  • Where possible, vote for criminal justice reform.