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The search for redemption: an ex-con's perspective

courtesy of lifeaftermurder.com

Between 2000 and 2009, 57,000 men and women convicted of murder were released from state and federal prison.

By the time convicted murderers are released, they’ve usually served decades behind bars; they’re a generation older than when they went to prison. When they come out, they often fade from view – no sensational headlines, no fanfare.  They make their way on the outside in a world that’s can be very different from the one they left.

Don Cronk left San Quentin state prison in April, 2009 after serving 28 years. His time in prison – and what it took to get out – are the subject of a new book by reporter Nancy Mullane. It’s called Life After Murder, and it tells the stories of Cronk and four other men convicted of homicide with the possibility of parole.

Cronk shared his story in the studio with KALW’s Holly Kernan and Nancy Mullane.

Listen to their full conversation above.

Nancy Mullane is the author of  Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption. This interview originally aired on September 12, 2012.  

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Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for This American Life, National Public Radio, and KALW. She is the author of the book Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.