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CA Inmate Exonerated From Murder Conviction Remains In Prison

A California prison inmate's family waited for hours in El Centro but never got a chance to celebrate Reggie Cole's release from custody. He was convicted of murder in 1994, but the California Innocence Project helped convince a judge to overturn that conviction in 2009. However, he killed a man while in jail and that crime is holding up his release. California Innocence Project director Justin Brooks is disappointed for the family and Cole.

"We work so hard on these cases to get our clients released and this is the big day," say Brooks. "The culmination of our work and to get everybody together and have the inmate feel like he's coming home and he's not. I can't imagine what Reggie's feeling right now."

California prison officials decided in February to release Cole from Calipatria State Prison today, but they recalculated and decided he won't be released until summer. Brooks says Cole will be held in custody until June.

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Gretchen | April 8, 2010 at 11:14 a.m. ― 6 years, 11 months ago

That story was very bizarre to say the least, especially when the prison sent the family and attorneys on a wild goose chase to Los Angeles to pick him up before revealing the truth that he had not been released. As though they wanted to be sure they were all far from the vicinity of the prison before they got this emotional and disappointing news. For whatever reason this story disturbed me deeply. It seems that there is something being hidden and I'm worried for Reggie. I feel that people should really get loud about this and get this gentleman out of there before another moment passes! - Gretchen

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hat333 | April 11, 2010 at 12:39 p.m. ― 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome to hell. This kind of stuff happens all the time in California's prisons. A man, even an innocent one, once placed in these hell holes, must fight for his life and also gets caught in group fights where there are so many things going on that the cops can't see who's killing whom. Inmates are also "ordered" by gangs and other inmates to KILL a certain person or be KILLED himself. A witness to the killing inside the walls may be the very one/s who ordered the hit; or someone protecting the true killer. The innocent are not spared from this environment. The goal is to survive another day.
California's 3 strikes law places even non violent people in prison for life - hence the horrific overcrowding, violence, and inadequate health care.. ---former CDC staff

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