Franky Carrillo: Life

Franky spent 20 years in prison for a crime he had nothing to do with. This is his remarkable story. We first published this story four years ago and are rerunning it this week as part of the network-wide Radiotopia theme, “Doing Time.” And we’re working on a follow-up story about Franky’s life now, so this is your chance to get caught up on Chapter 1. Don’t miss it. 

Franky Carrillo

Young Franky with his dad

Franky the teenager with his father and siblings, before he was arrested

Frank Carrillo in prison

Franky’s (shared) cell at Folsom

Franky at his retrial 20 years later. Grabbing his arm is attorney Ellen Eggers who led the effort to free him and represented him pro bono.

Franky on the day of his release, after 20 years in prison

Franky the college student

Franky the activist
(on his left is Scott Wood, Director, Restorative Justice Program,
Loyola Marymount University)


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