“Everything is new to me”

As a 15-year-old went Joseph Ligon into prison for murder after a series of robberies and attacks with a gang of drunken youths in Philadelphia, USA.

Joseph as a 15-year-old. Image source: State Correctional Institution PCH

Denied murder

Two people died and six were injured in the violent attacks, but Joseph denied the murders despite being offered parole.

In 1953 he was imprisoned – and has not seen freedom since.

Until February 11.

Joseph, 83 years old.  Image Source: State Correctional Institution Graterford
Joseph, 83 years old. Image Source: State Correctional Institution Graterford

Come out into a whole new world

After 68 years in prison, making him the oldest juvenile delinquent in the country, Joseph was released from the State Correctional Institution Phoenix – and came out to a whole new America.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, he said he was amazed at all the tall buildings.

– All this is new to me. It has never existed.

Grieving for his bereaved family

The now 83-year-old Joseph further said that he mourns his family members who passed away while he was behind bars.

One thing he also reacted to was that the Eastern State Penitentiary, where he was once imprisoned, has now become a museum and a Halloween attraction.

– It is not appropriate, he said.

Received help

Since his release, he has received help from the Philadelphia Youth Sentencing & Re-entry Project, which has offered to support him during his transition from prison to real life.

– As much as the world has changed since he ended up in prison, so has he changed. His experience of coming back is basically like a new man, said the senior adviser Eleanor Myers to Mail Online.

“Like my chances”

She went on to say that he was amazed at how much has changed in Philadelphia since 1953 – especially all the tall buildings.

Joseph continues to hold out the hope of returning to a normal life.

– I like my chances. I really like my chances when it comes to survival, he concluded Philadelphia Inquirer.

Source: nyheter24.se by nyheter24.se.

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