The Mayor of Graterford
The Mayor of Graterford follows Tyrone Werts, a former Graterford prisoner nicknamed the “Mayor of Graterford” by other inmates at the facility, who was sentenced to life without parole in 1975 for second degree murder following a crime committed by his friend. During his time at Graterford, Tyrone received his GED, as well as a degree from Villanova University. Tyrone served more than 36 years with an impeccable prison record until his sentence was commuted in 2010.
“The Mayor of Graterford tells the story of an ex-con reuniting with the men who became like his family over the decades he spent incarcerated and details the commutation process in Pennsylvania,” said Jack McCarthy ’18 CLAS, student director of the film. “Directing this film has been the single most rewarding college experience during my four years at Villanova University. Not only has this film pushed me to grow as a filmmaker, but also as a human being.”