Betty Smithey, Longest-Serving Female Prison Inmate, Released

For the past 49 years, Betty Smithey has woken up in a prison cell, the nation's longest serving female inmate. But today she is waking up a free woman. Smithey, now 69, was granted parole by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency on Monday. She was released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville, walking with a cane. "It's wonderful driving down the road and not seeing any barbed wire," Smithey told the Arizona Republic. "I am lucky, so very lucky." At age 20, Smithey was...Full Story
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