What's the value of decades lost in prison?

When prosecutors dropped murder charges against Adnan Syed, he had already spent 22 years in prison. 

"Today, justice is done," said Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney announcing Syed had been released. 

just being released from prison often means taking on a new battle to be compensated for lost time.  

Syed was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. 

In September, prosecutors said they no longer had faith in the case against Syed.

in mid-October, he was released after prosecutors said DNA evidence cleared him in the case. 

If he were to seek payment, Syed would be among thousands of people forced to prove their innocence again  

The path to compensation often is dependent on state rules.