As Liliana details in the story here, the day didn't quite go according to plan, with corrections officers dropping Jones off unceremoniously at a Greyhound station in downtown Tucson with no phone, no money, and no idea where to go, after previously telling his family that he would be released from the jail and they could meet him there. But after a frantic search, he was found near his lawyers' office, where he was finally reunited with his family. It was incredible seeing the change in Jones from the courtroom to the interactions with his family and the portraits I made of him shortly before leaving his lawyers' office. I'm grateful that I was able to document the day.
Many thanks to Liliana Segura for her years of work reporting on Jones and others who've been wrongfully convicted, and to Elise Swain for bringing me on board for the story! You can see more photos from the story on my website.
A GoFundMe page created by Andrew Sowards, a retired investigator and one of Jones' staunchest advocates, is raising money for Jones as he adapts to life outside prison.
Barry Jones Released From Arizona’s Death Row After 29 Years
The Supreme Court said his innocence didn’t matter. Jones was released thanks to a plea deal between his lawyers and the state.