Two young lovers and two heinous murders: A documentary of the Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering story premieres this summer.

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Soering documentary to premiere at Munich Film Festival

With the success of the podcast “Serial” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” wrongful convictions are a hot topic. Joining the debate is a documentary about one of central Virginia’s most notorious double homicides—and the convicted murderer who has insisted he’s innocent for 30 years. The Promise: The Story of Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom heads […]

Russell Matthews, who will be released from the Dillwyn Correctional Center in December, pitches his final plan to start a landscaping business after his release. Photo: Amy Jackson

Darden program helps inmates plan for life after prison

Thirty-five-year-old Russell Matthews, dressed in a denim shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, enters a small classroom in the Dillwyn Correctional Center in central Virginia and shakes his instructor’s hand. He’s the first of about 15 prisoners to arrive to class on this mid-April day. “Good evening,” Matthews says to Jonathan Jones, the class instructor […]