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Both Sides of the Bar | Free Six Journeys Home from Prison

ProducerKhalil Cumberbatch
DescriptionIn her new book, “Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home,” award-winning author and journalist Lauren Kessler sets out to answer the question what happens to the 95% of Americans who eventually are released from prison. The book follows six formerly incarcerated individuals whose stories paint a portrait of the institutionalized roadblocks, societal stigmas, and often overwhelming psychological challenges that come with reentering their communities. This episode’s guests are Lauren Kessler as well as one of the individuals in the book, Sterling Cunio, a PEN America Writing for Justice fellow who was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 16 and then spent 27 years in prison before his sentence was commuted by the governor of Oregon.
DateJuly 13, 2022