WATCH: Innocent Miami Man Who Spent 32 Years in Prison for Crime He Didn’t Commit Can’t Get Compensation

Imagine spending decades behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. That’s the story of Thomas James, who was recently exonerated after being locked up for 32 years for murder.

Now, as he tries to build his life back, he faces another challenge — getting compensated for the years he lost. And he is not the only one.

James is just one of many who feel the system failed them once again after finally proving their innocence.

It was a celebration on the day he was released back in April. The same office that put him away decades ago admitted they made a mistake. But after the cameras went away, James was left to start over with nothing.

“I’m not angry, I’m hurt,” James said. “I’m hurt by it.”

James moved in with his mom. Everything he has is donated.

“For someone like me, what are we supposed to do?” he said. “We can’t come out and automatically have a job, we don’t automatically have money, we don’t automatically have anything. The only thing that we have that’s automatic is the struggle.”

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SOURCE: NBC Miami, Heather Walker