Lawrence McKinney a 60 years old, was wrongfully convicted of rape and burglary in 1978 and sentenced to 115 years in prison.
However, DNA evidence examined in 2009 eventually ruled him out as a suspect – means he is the wrong person that he never commited the crime.
After his release Lawrence was given a compensation of $75 – around £60.
He could be eligible for up to $1million in compensation if a parole board hears his exoneration case, but they have denied him this twice already.
Lawrence, from Memphis told CBS News: ‘I don’t have no life. All of my life was taken away!!!
His lawyer Jack Lowery, says he deserves some compensation for being denied freedom for most of his life.
‘It is not justice for him not to receive compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned,’ he added.
In September, a parole board voted 7-0 to deny him an exoneration hearing. Now it’s up to Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, to make a final decision.
‘There has been one mistake made that sent him to prison,’ Lowery added.
‘I trust that another is not made that does not allow him exoneration and compensation accordingly.