Joe Ligon: After 68 Years In A Pennsylvania Prison, America’s Oldest Juvenile Lifer Was Released

As for Donte, he caught Simpson’s eye in the visiting room when she was chatting to BB, by then as more of a friend. Simpson, a mortician, gives the benefit of the doubt to a number of jailbirds. Rather than seeing one particular inmate, she is currently sharing her affections with at least four felons incarcerated in prisons on the East Coast and in the Midwest.

Interviews with hundreds of UK prisoners undertaken by Susie Hulley and her colleagues at the Institute of Criminology painted a similar picture. “Many… told us that they had undergone significant and sometimes wholesale personal transformations,” the researchers wrote in 2015. An all-White jury found him guilty of rape and burglary in 1976 and him sentenced to life in prison. Hartfield and his attorneys appealed the trial judge’s ruling, arguing his constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated and he should be released. And this time the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, as much a player as a referee in this case, finally rescued Hartfield. In a January ruling, the court ruled that Hartfield’s speedy trial rights had been violated and in a manner in which only his release could remedy.

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Ronnie Bridgeman, now Kwame Ajamu, had been paroled in 2003. Wiley had been paroled in 2002 but was reincarcerated three months later following a parole violation. Jackson, who had passed up several chances to shorten his sentence by admitting a role in the Franks killing, was released after spending four decades, his entire adult life, behind bars.

The decision effectively resentenced Ligon to 35 years to life, and made him eligible for parole since he had been in prison for over 60 years. Joe Ligon, believed to be the oldest and longest-serving juvenile lifer in the United States, has been released from a Pennsylvania prison after spending nearly seven decades behind bars. She found documents and people who said that Gladys got between $5- and $10,000, that she lied about it at trial. She got confirmatory evidence that the other eyewitnesses and the jailhouse informant were lying. She found that the prosecutor at the time knew that Gladys was expecting to get up to $25,000, and he should have told that to the defense because the defense could have undercut her testimony.

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“They could work together to schedule some couple-time once a week where his wife feels like she is his focus, so their relationship gets the necessary attention as his work and baby time do,” Thewes added. More than anything, he wrote, he simply wanted to spend time with their child. “I don’t want to compromise a single second with my baby for anything else unless I absolutely have to,” he added. “I’m not spending nearly as much time with her as I should.” The arrival of a child may be a joyous occasion, but it can put considerable pressure on a relationship, particularly in the case of first-time parents.

This prison environment is so sterilized and neutral, it doesn’t lend itself to showing off personality. Family accounts can add a depth to your understanding of your prisoner’s naturally occurring mannerisms and quirks. Some families lacked closeness prior to the person coming to prison. In other situations, the separation was a direct correlation to their behaviors. If unable to mend family ties, if they lack the desire to do so, those could be indicators.

Nelson received six months of probation under charges of possession in Louisiana after cops found one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana and 3 oz. In the ’90s he caught flack after an officer found a marijuana cigarette in the ash tray of his car. His most recent run-in with the law was in 2010 a few days after Thanksgiving.

He was forced to come home and turn himself in to the police. Hank Williams Jr. denied all allegations and released a statement that said the woman was seeking an “outlandish amount of money” and only went to police after the country singer refused to pay her off. The case was eventually dismissed due to lack of evidence. Willie Nelson is open about his marijuana use and in 2006 he got caught red handed for it.

Premium dating sites like, EliteSingles, and Tinder do not allow convicted felons to create an account. Thankfully, many other dating sites are working exclusively for inmates and ex-convicts, which provide them a second chance at love. All the inmate dating websites mentioned above allow free registration. Anyone can create an account on these sites for free. Moreover, exclusive prison dating sites are free for inmates who are still in prison.

He recently headlined the recent SuperBowl halftime show, but in the business world, his headline act was selling the business he co-founded — Beats Electronics — to Apple for $3 billion in May 2014. The temptation of incredible wealth and fame can lure people into committing offenses and relocate from boardroom to jail cell. John Pace, a former inmate and current reentry coordinator for the Philadelphia-based Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project , said he’s been working with Ligon to help him land on his feet. Now that Ligon is out of prison, his work reentering society has begun.

Men were 11 times more likely to be incarcerated than women. After hearing from Kennebrew, police arrested Forbes and he was charged with arson and murder. In May 1983, a jury convicted him of the charges, and a month later he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a “wolfpack.” The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. Errol Morris’ award-winning 1988 documentary presents compelling evidence that Randall Adams was wrongfully convicted of killing a police officer in Dallas, Texas. After Northwestern journalism students uncovered new evidence that exonerated 13 people on Illinois death row, Illinois Governor George Ryan ordered a moratorium on the death penalty. This 2004 documentary follows the process of rehearing all the death row cases in Illinois and the history of the death penalty in America through a critical lens.

While we want to believe in the best for everyone, not every person is able to be rehabilitated. If you have even the slightest bit of doubt, then it is time bid your prison lover a fond adieu, especially if you have children. Based in Spokane, Wash., Stacey Denny has been writing articles since 2005 in the “Los Angeles Times” and for various websites. She has been working with men and women transitioning from prison to help them rebuild their lives. She is a certified family development specialist and owns her own transitional living house.

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