They shared their despair over games of chess and dominos, worked on long-shot appeals together in the law library, and dreamed of the day they would win forgiveness from a justice system that failed them.
It has taken nearly 25 years, but with the assistance of DNA testing, the men -- all of them black Americans -- are proving they are innocent. Two were freed from prison. A third was exonerated in March, years after serving his sentence. On Monday, Giles is about to clear his name, becoming the 13th man from Dallas County to prove with genetic testing that he was wrongly imprisoned.