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Incarcerated Father And Son Reunite After 22 Years

JulianGlenn Padgett
Lorenzo Fosselman Jr. has a life sentence, and is eligible for parole in 2038.

From the project Uncuffed:

Lorenzo Fosselman Jr. and Lorenzo Fosselman Sr. hadn’t seen each other in 22 years. They both received life term sentences, and were incarcerated at different prisons. But thanks to a quirk of fate, we were able to bring Jr. and Sr. together face to face here at Solano Prison.

"I never wanted this for you... It hurts me to my heart to see you sitting here in blue. It really does. But I'm proud of you. The sacrifices you've made, the man you've become."

In separate prisons, the Fosselmans had grown closer to each other by writing letters. The father had become a law library clerk, and he encouraged his son to do the same. Lorenzo Jr. started working here at the Solano Prison law library.

Unexpectedly, Lorenzo Sr. was briefly transferred to Solano for medical reasons. They were at the same prison for the first time in 22 years, but on separate yards.

The institution gave us a pass, a “ducat,” to bring them together for a radio interview. Here it is.

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KALW’s radio training program in California prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.

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Vacaville, CA


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