Philadelphia, PA – The City of Philadelphia and Chester Hollman today announced the settlement of Mr. Hollman’s federal wrongful conviction lawsuit against the City. Mr. Hollman will receive $9.8 million from the City of Philadelphia, which reflects the fact that Mr. Hollman spent 28 years in jail and prison for a 1991 murder that he was exonerated for in 2019.


Although the settlement does not include an admission of liability by the City or its employees, all involved parties are pleased to have reached this agreement and believe this result best serves the interests of justice.

Statement of Mayor James Kenney:


This settlement reflects not only the fact that Mr. Hollman spent 28 years incarcerated before his exoneration but Mr. Hollman’s evident character and composure in the face of an unimaginably trying situation. My heart goes out to Mr. Hollman and his entire family. While there is no price for a person’s liberty, I am encouraged to know that we have reached what I believe is a fair agreement that will allow Mr. Hollman and his family to begin building a future together. As has been evident in my time as Mayor for the City of Philadelphia, I am deeply committed to ensuring that justice is served. This commitment is not just for Mr. Hollman, but for all individuals who encounter our criminal justice system.

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