Dealing often felt more promising than school

Lost in the education system, two West Philly natives on what got them into – and out of – jail

John Glenn and Aaron Kirkland say drug dealing often felt more promising than school Josh Glenn was first introduced to the world of drug dealing when he was 13. When he was working as a bagger at local grocery stores, someone from his West Philadelphia community approached him, asking if he would be interested in making “real money.”

After almost 40 years, man serving life sentence could get parole

Man serving life, for murder his brother confessed to, gets chance at freedom

For nearly 40 years, the Brinkley family has insisted that the wrong brother was sentenced to life in prison for murder – that it was 14-year-old Ronald who fatally shot egg-delivery man Charles Haag on Dec. 22, 1977, though 15-year-old Kevin was convicted.

Jailed at 19, man freed more than two decades later

After hearing, inmate imprisoned 24 years released

Shaurn Thomas, 43, was exonerated Tuesday morning after the District Attorney’s Office agreed with his lawyers that the evidence against him did not support his 1993 conviction for a 1990 murder.. – Chris Palmer, Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

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For Shaurn Thomas, faith triumphed over 24 years of injustice

Shaurn Thomas refuses to be bitter about the Philadelphia cops and prosecutors who took 24 years of his life for a murder he didn’t commit. That’s a remarkable testament to his faith, and the faith of those around him. – Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News

Juvenile lifers must choose between seeking new sentences and pursuing exoneration

A judge called this juvenile lifer innocent, but he’s still in prison. Will Philly’s next DA let him go home?

Terrance Lewis, sentenced to life for second-degree murder, read the opinion in his prison cell. “The great part was, somebody finally believed me,” he said. “The sad part was, I still got to die in jail.” – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer

Prisoners, a retired judge and a private investigator all believe James Kelly is innocent of murder

The prisoner whose story led fellow inmates to raise funds for his defense

As a retired judge, Lawrence Wood thought he’d seen all the angles, every lie a desperate man could cook up to save himself. Then a letter arrived at Wood’s West Chester office, about eight years ago, from a prisoner who’d passed the hat among inmates to help raise money to save his cellmate.