He's been in prison since 1968, and with the same woman since 1979.
"Every year I always give an opportunity: 'If you want to stay, I'm very thankful, but if you're tired and you want to move on, I can accept that.' Every year I always put that offer out on the table," he said. I'm trying to recapture mine." Fennell, 66, was convicted of robbing and stabbing to death a man in North Philadelphia.
But others are wrangling with these challenges already: The first juvenile lifers to be paroled in Pennsylvania were released in September.
I didn't believe in myself, even." She visits on alternate Sundays, waking up at a.m. I worry about that." For Haren, those are concerns for the future.
Others connected through shared religious communities. Still others are childhood sweethearts who never could quite seem to separate.
That was the case for Valeria "Dean'na" Evans, a 54-year-old medical technician from the city's Hunting Park section.
She failed to notice the prison jumpsuit he wore in his photo. "The world is so much different from when I was last in it," he said.
Later, as they wrote to one another, she was attracted to his patience and knowledge of Islam. John wants a real wedding - with both their families, not like the first time in prison. For now, instead of driving to Graterford to visit Rice, St. Rice is living there with his father, relishing doing his own laundry, cooking his own food, seeing his daughter and grandchildren, working on getting his driver's license.