I have been following the story of the West Memphis Three since seeing the initial documentary Paradise Lost. Sadly more than 18 years years later they were still in jail, but after seeing Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011) it looks as though they will finally be freed. After being denied numerous appeals in the state of Tennessee, the men finally applied for a hearing with the new evidence in the Arkansas Supreme Court. A new hearing would be set for December 2011. Though unexpectedly, in August 2011, the prosecutors and the defense lawyers negotiated a plea that would let the men be released from prison if they pleaded guilty but could maintain their innocence. They accept and now are free on the streets after serving 18 years and 78 days. It is a glaring testament of the failures of the American court system.