The Cop and the Criminal

Police don't become friends with the men they arrest. But that's exactly what happened to Reggie Graham and Cory Long.

By Steve Volk
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"I'm not going to return you to jail," said Davis. "I give you a time-served sentence with eight years of supervised release. We're going to be bound together for eight years. And while we've talked about this being extraordinary testimony, this is also an extraordinary sentence from me. In the time I've been here on the federal bench, which is four years, I've used the word 'probation' perhaps two other times.

"I hope you will continue to attempt to make an impact," he concluded. "There are many ways to pay a debt--with a jail sentence or through good works. And the latter is what I want from you."

Long rubbed at his eyes with his big hands, wiping away tears.

He was going home.

And the man in the room with the biggest smile was the Philadelphia cop who had sent him to jail.

Steve Volk ( has written extensively about the impact of ownership changes at the Inquirer and Daily News.

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1. Jenn said... on Aug 22, 2008 at 07:14AM

“This story is a testimony of God's grace and mercy and how people are his vehicles to spread the word. May his works continue to increase! Do everything in love.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Mar 8, 2013 at 06:46AM

“I think it's sad bad cops here to serve n protect are criminals them selfs lying n stealing and destroying many innocent people life's this story is a perfect example that the system continue to fail us all that man should b in jail n along with his dirty cop friend”


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