On May 11, 2017, on a Sunday morning at 9 a.m, Wali Behah was released from Sci-Graterford where he spent forty-one (41) years consecutively.
Mr. Beyah was a juvenile lifer who was convicted at the age of 14 yrs old. He spent a total of forty-six (46) yrs incarcerated before the Equal Justice Initiative represented him. The executive director Bryan Stephenson appointed Attorney Susan Ricci Esq to help him obtain his release.
While in prison Wali was active in numerous organizations such as Lifers Inc, NAACP, JC's, and also chaired and co-founded several groups and program's. ( i.e Youth Awareness, Preparing for Parole, "YouCan" United Action Community Network.)
Since being released Wali has been employed at the Philadelphia Convention Center until Covid-19 laid the workers off. He subsequently found employment at the Philadelphia Naval Yard doing ship repair and maintenance. Wali has likewise worked at Cardinal O'Hara Highschool as a floor tech.
Wali has been married for three and one half years. He presently works for Philadelphia Streets Department.
Wali gives back to the community by being part of Marian Anderson Alumni. The Alumni organizes and presents Fish Fries, hand out book bags, and address the current state of violence in the city.
Wali came to Legal-Eagles to help a personal friend of his who is currently serving a life sentence and is seeking to obtain his freedom.