Earl Young was released in July. Producer DeLon Thornton arranged for Young to tell his story to "PBS NewsHour" correspondent John Yang. Thornton shares more of Young’s story. Additional filming by Jamal Williams.
On finally being free:
On the remnants of institutionalization:
On the changes in the world since being incarcerated:
Calvin McNeill was 17 when was convicted of first-degree murder in 1981. His sentence was life with the possibility of parole. But when a supposedly "model prisoner" on work release murdered his former girlfriend and committed suicide, Maryland withdrew consideration of parole. No juveniles sentenced with life would be paroled for nearly twenty-five years.
McNeill has not had a single infraction in more than a quarter of a century and has earned numerous commendations from prison staff. Maryland authorities would not allow a taped interview in the prison. He spoke with "PBS NewsHour" correspondent John Yang by phone.
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This work is a collaboration among the University of Maryland's Howard Center for Investigative Journalism and Capital News Service and the PBS NewsHour.
Web design and development: Camila Velloso
Reporting and writing: Athiyah Azeem, Victoria Daniels, Hannah Gaskill, Dominique Janifer, Lynsey Jeffery, Jamie Kerner, Lauren Perry, Sara Salimi, Delon Thornton, Emily Top and Camila Velloso
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