A Year in Prison Brings A Promise to Begin Life Anew
While waiting outside the
prison gate after his release, Paul Banks, right, sees Archie Hill, an ex-offender
who runs a weekly ministry program. The two share a
moment of prayer before Banks moves on to the rehabilitation center.
(Photo by Adam Newman)
Capital News Service
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
- Paul Banks squinted in the beaming April sunlight and stopped to catch a
glimpse of freedom.
two brown bags full of papers and Bible study materials, he stopped briefly to
contemplate his independence as the wind whipped pear blossoms around him. He
grinned nervously, then sauntered down the stone steps of the Metropolitan
Transitional Center, walking with a release officer towards the prison's
accounting office -- the last stop before freedom.
prisoners cat-called and yelled at Banks from the prison windows, their words
echoing past the stony walls. After paperwork and a quick ID check, a clerk
handed him $25, the balance of his prison bank account.
was now a free man.
Photographs and special
report banner and design by Adam Newman / Maryland Newsline. Print stories
edited by Steve Crane. Web package edited by Chris Harvey.
Copyright © 2003 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism
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