The Nation’s Oldest Juvenile Lifer, Joe Ligon, Left Pa. Prison After 68 Years

Ligon, re-sentenced to 35 years to life in 2017, rejected the very idea of parole after nearly seven decades in prison.

“I like to be free,” he said. “With parole, you got to see the parole people every so often. You can’t leave the city without permission from parole. That’s part of freedom for me.”

“We waste people’s lives by over-incarcerating and we waste money by over-incarcerating. Hopefully his release, and the release of the juvenile lifers in general, will cause a reevaluation of the way we incarcerate people.”