Life After Life

Jason Hernandez was only 21 when he was sentenced to life without parole. But his brother’s death in prison led the former crack dealer to a life of advocacy—and freedom. Read more.

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How Chris Young’s 14-year plea deal turned into life in prison

On September 28, 2014, Young was led into the courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit. Chief United States District Court Judge Kevin H. Sharp asked Young if he wished to say anything to the court. He approached the podium to speak — but not to proclaim his innocence or ask for leniency. Young knew he was […]

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From a First Arrest to a Life Sentence

Sharanda Jones — prisoner 33177-077 — struggled to describe the moment in 1999 when a federal judge sentenced her to life in prison after her conviction on a single cocaine offense. She was a first-time, nonviolent offender. “I was numb,” Jones said in an interview at the Carswell women’s prison here. “I was thinking about […]

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