The Case For Not Letting `Em Rot

Twenty years ago, Quenton Brown stole $117 and a 15 cherry pie from a convenience store in Morgan City, La. The then-50-year-old drifter was sentenced to 30 years in prison without parole--a rather harsh penalty for a man with an IQ of 51. But Brown served his time, 17 years of it, until he became the first client of the Project for Older Prisoners, or POPS. At 67, suffering from emphysema and bleeding ulcers, Brown was the perfect candidate for the nonprofit POPS, which tries to help elderly nonviolent prisoners gain freedom.

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