CHICAGO (CBS) — For the first time in 29 years, Gerald Reed is a free man. His mother hugged him after he left Stateville Prison in Joliet Friday after Gov. JB Pritzker commuted his sentence.
Reed is one of dozens who have said detectives under Chicago Police Commander John Burge beat them into false confessions.READ MORE: At Least 24 People Shot, 3 Killed In Gun Violence In Chicago This Weekend
But Reed is more concerned about the carjackings, violence and steady stream of young people coming into prison.READ MORE: MISSING: Matthew La Luz, 32, Last Seen In Rogers Park, May Need Serious Medical Attention
“I should be trying to go home and enjoy life,” he said. “But I’m asking, can we save our city? Can I be of assistance?”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Spotty Showers Sunday Night, Monday
Reed’s sentence was commuted to time served for a double murder conviction, but he plans to fight until his record is wiped clean.