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Louisiana Prisoner Exonerated, Freed After 30 Years on Death Row

HeadlineMar 12, 2014

A Louisiana prisoner has been freed after 30 years on death row. Glenn Ford walked out of the Angola penitentiary on Tuesday after a judge vacated his murder conviction and death sentence. Ford’s exoneration came after new evidence emerged clearing him of the 1983 murder for which he was convicted. Details have been kept under wraps in order to prosecute the actual killer. Ford, who is African-American, was tried by an all-white jury. He spoke briefly to reporters as he left the prison a free man.

Glenn Ford: “My mind’s going all kinds of directions, but it feels good. I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn’t do. My son, when I left, was a baby. Now he’s a grown man with babies.”

With 30 years behind bars, Ford becomes one of the country’s longest-serving death row prisoners ever to be exonerated and released.

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