September 24, 2010
With the help of CWCY attorneys and the advocacy of Dolores Kennedy and others, Terrill Swift was paroled in May. By any stretch of the imagination, he was an ideal parolee. He got himself a job and followed every rule and regulation his parole officer ordered. Anything except admit to the offense -- who can blame him, a false admission is what ruined his life at age 17.
Terrill's parole officer ordered that he take a polygraph. Terrill did so, and they asked him about the offense. As he's done since the day of his confession, he denied his involvement. Some polygrapher apparently determined that the results of the polygraph were inconclusive.
The Illinois Department of Corrections violated him. He was sent back to prison. As if 15 years imprisoned wrongfully isn't enough, Terrill was sent back because some dubious technology couldn't tell if he was telling the truth or not. With pressure from us and Tribune journalist Eric Zorn, Terrill was released after 8 days in prison yesterday. We are happy he is home. Now it is time to test the DNA and solve this case once and for all.