"Walking free from death row -- and into a new nightmare," is by Agence France-Presse (AFP), via GlobalPost.
Sabrina Butler can lay claim to a dubious honor -- she is the only female death row prisoner in the United States to be exonerated.
But while she may finally be free, the stain on her character has proven far harder to erase, while adjusting back into normal life is an everyday struggle. Getting compensation is a whole new battle.
"I get to meet other people that are just like me, you know? Well, the guys, rather, because I'm the only female," Butler said at a meeting in Philadelphia of 30 former death-row convicts who were all exonerated -- the victims of false testimonies, judicial errors, wrongful confessions and worse.
Steve Honeyman, interim executive director at Witness to Innocence, said being freed is only the start of a long battle, especially when it comes to compensation. Those freed are often broke and jobless.
"Some of them sue the state that they're in and they get some compensation, but most of them get out and don't get anything," said Honeyman.