America’s longest-serving death-row inmate released

Glenn Ford, shortly after his release from prison. (Source: AP)

Glenn Ford, shortly after his release from prison. (Source: AP)

Kyla Herrmannsen

Glenn Ford, America’s longest-serving death row prisoner, was released yesterday after 30 years behind bars. He was convicted for a murder he did not commit.

New evidence proved what Ford had maintained all along – that he was not present at the scene of the crime nor involved in the murder.

“Glenn Ford is living proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. We are moved that Mr. Ford, an African-American man convicted by an all-white jury, will be able to leave death row a survivor,” said Amnesty International USA senior campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika McHarris, shortly before Ford’s release.

While America continues to institute the death penalty, despite growing concerns over the lethal medication used, time and time again death-row inmates are proven to be innocent and are finally exonerated. The system is not fool proof by any means.

Read more about ex death-row inmates who were found to be innocent:

After 15 years on death row, freedom

The Innocence List

Texas sets man free from death row

Innocent man released from death row hopes for criminal justice reforms

Ray Krone Freed from Arizona’s Death Row

Man Released From Death Row After DNA Proves Innocence

Innocent Man Released After 27 Years


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