David Coulson, a Muslim man who was imprisoned in California, has been released after two decades behind bars.
The 55-year-old was arrested for stealing $14 dollars while he was homeless and sentenced to life in prison.
Experts say thousands of inmates like Coulson remain in California prisons, sentenced to life due to legislation passed in the 1990s.
Judge Daniel Lowenthal, at a Sept. 13 hearing told Coulson, “I’m shocked and angry at how you were treated by the system.”
California’s Three Strikes law contributed to the explosion of its prison population and an overcrowding disaster.
More than 33,000 people remain incarcerated under the law today.
Of those serving life sentences due to the Three Strikes law, 45% are Black.
Black residents make up only 6.5% of the state’s population.