Perry Fisher knew he was going to prison for a long time after his conviction for second-degree murder in 1991. He entrusted nearly $43,000 from a workers compensation lawsuit to his lawyer, Burt Channing, who he asked to occasionally put some of that money into his commissary account. Channing eventually stopped responding to Fisher’s requests, and when Fisher was released in 2016 at the age of 60, he discovered Channing’s office had closed. So he turned to Peter Borenstein, a young Los Angeles attorney who has carved out a niche helping ex-prisoners who have themselves been victims of crime and theft. The Marshall Project has a profile of Borenstein, who helped Fisher and other ex-cons fight for what was theirs before they paid their debts to society.
Shon Hopwood spent 11 years in federal prison for robbing small-town banks in Nebraska. But in one of the most fascinating stories of a reformed life, Hopwood is now a law professor at Georgetown, and working on achieving other goals in his post-prison life. Hopwood’s story is in the Washington Post.