FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Sometimes, a book is released at just the right time, and that is what happened with “Tested,” the story of 12 men who were wrongly convicted and imprisoned. The ordeal proved to be a test of faith for these men, and others are now finding inspiration in their stories.
One of the 12 men featured in the book is Christopher Scott. He was 27 years old when he went to jail for a murder that he did not commit. “When they gave me that time and found me guilty, that was the worst day of my life,” Scott recalled. “Because you know you didn’t do it. To have people that just want to prosecute you.”
Taken from his family and locked up with criminals, Scott turned to his faith day after day, staying focused on hope. “I have to keep my sanity, that is the first thing,” Scott said. “This will play a hard mind game on a lot of individuals that is not strong-minded.”
That lasted for 12 years.
Scott was angry at first. But over time, his attitude had changed. “There is a time in your life that you have to move forward, because anger destroys people, and you don’t want that to destroy,” Scott said. “You don’t want to have to walk around being bitter, being mad, being angry at the world.”
The University of Texas at Arlington’s Innocence Network convinced the Dallas County District Attorney to re-examine Scott’s case. He was then exonerated in October 2009. “That morning, I got up and I got down on my knees and I prayed, thanking God,” Scott said, recalling that day. “God, thank you for giving me this opportunity and life again, because without you, what would I have? I wouldn’t of had the faith. I wouldn’t of had the hope or the belief that today was actually going to come.”
“I knew there was a God, and God was real, and he worked a miracle through me,” Scott said.
Now, Scott and the others who were wrongly imprisoned speak to groups who are looking for inspiration, and even a reprieve from their own troubles. “I know times are hard — the recession is in, the economy is bad — but when you look at individuals like me, you’ll get hope. You’ll get the faith that you need, that you can survive through anything.”