Series: Aging Prisoners Serving Life Struggle For Way OutA series about prisoners who are serving long sentences and trying to find a way out: from aging lifers falling through the cracks to scrutiny of the parole system.
Aging lifers struggle for a way out of prison
There is a group of about 150 people in federal prison known as "old law" prisoners who committed crimes before November 1987 and still have little hope of release.
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People walk on a tour of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., in 2018. Two brothers who were at the facility have been freed by clemency after expecting to spend their lives incarcerated.
A Philadelphia state correctional facility is pictured in June 2018. In Philadelphia, the concept of "felony murder" means someone can spend their life in prison if someone died during a felony act, even if that person did not intend to commit murder.