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Adjusting to Life Beyond Bars

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On Monday, new guidelines will go into effect that will retroactively reduce the sentences for crack cocaine offenders. Approximately 1,500 current inmates will be eligible to apply for immediate release. Former inmates discuss the challenges of readjusting to society after serving long sentences.


Angel Ramos, spent 30 years in prison and was recently released at age 47; now works for The Fortune Society a prisoner re-entry program

Jacqueline Smith, member of the Women's Prison Association's Women's Advocacy Project

Roland R. Acevedo, criminal law attorney; former inmate

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