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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: March 28, 2001
Latest update: March 28, 2002
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Wrongly Accused
On Sunday, March 17, 2002, Michael Witkofski wrote:
I am an innocent man locked up in prison
And I don't even know the reason
Condemned by the court to live in a cell
A place I believe to be worse than Hell
Prisons are said to help future generations
But they only help legalize segregation
Prisons are places for individuals who commit crime
Not for people who were at the wrong place at the wrong time
The officer said I fit the criminal's profile
But this just left me in a state of denial
I was placed in a lineup that the victim viewed
The victim said they couldn't remember because their memory was skewed
The victim was then forced to make a decision
And they chose me for no apparent reason
There were no facts that proved their case
I feel I was placed here because of my race
Now I'm locked up and segregated from the outside
And with every passing day I am dying on the inside
Everyday I live in a state of fear
Contemplating to myself why I am here
Some day though I know I will be free
And once again my family and friends I will see
I will tell everyone how they finally set an innocent man free
But those who do not know the truth will probably disagree
No one believes I am an innocent man
But I will prove it to everyone if I can
This will prove even the police can sometimes make a mistake
But we must remember that human lives are what are at stake
Michael Witkofski
I wrote this poem from the prespective of an innocent man who was convicted of a crime that he did not commit. The poem tells of a situation were a man was at the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up getting thrown in prison. The innocent man cannot believe that he is in prison, but has faith that one day he will be released. The man then realizes that when he is released though no one will believe he is innocent. That individual will be labeled as a criminal forthe rest of their life. The man also understands the police are human and makes mistakes, but human lives are seriously affected by these mistakes. Michael Witkofski