Pell Grant for inmates' education can make society safer by keeping re-offense rate under check
Pell Grant for inmates' education can make society safer by keeping re-offense rate under check

Recidivism, the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend, is 14% for those who obtain an associate degree, 5.6% for those with a bachelor’s degree, and 0% for those who secure a master’s degree.

Living With Freedom | Pregnant Maria Shepherd was imprisoned for her stepdaughter's death, 25 years later she was found innocent
Living With Freedom | Pregnant Maria Shepherd was imprisoned for her stepdaughter's death, 25 years later she was found innocent

Maria Regina Shepherd, then 21, was a mother of two young children and pregnant with her third child when her one of her kids, her stepdaughter Kassandra, passed away. Kassandra was 3 and a half years old at the time and had suffered from two grand mal seizures - one of them she never came out of.

Living With Freedom | Maryland's first exoneree Leslie Vass talks about justice, PTSD, and starting over from scratch
Living With Freedom | Maryland's first exoneree Leslie Vass talks about justice, PTSD, and starting over from scratch

An armed robbery at a drug store in 1975 changed Leslie Vass's life. Until the day of his hearing, he had no idea that he was being framed.

Living With Freedom | John Stoll served 20 years for a crime that never happened and built his life back up with just $80 in his pocket
Living With Freedom | John Stoll served 20 years for a crime that never happened and built his life back up with just $80 in his pocket

Stoll, a 41-year-old carpenter at the time, was wrongfully incarcerated for child molestation in 1985 and sentenced to 40 years in prison. He was convicted on 17 counts. There was no physical evidence and the testimonies of six boys, aged seven to nine, were contradictory.

Living With Freedom | Maurice Caldwell's innocence was a secret everyone knew, and yet he spent 20 years behind bars
Living With Freedom | Maurice Caldwell's innocence was a secret everyone knew, and yet he spent 20 years behind bars

Maurice Caldwell was the son of Donald Ray Caldwell, a man convicted of killing a San Francisco police officer, and it seemed as if everyone was eager to make him pay for his father's sins

Living With Freedom | Cassandra Rivera's wrongful incarceration stole 13 years of her children's love from her and now she's slowly winning it back
Living With Freedom | Cassandra Rivera's wrongful incarceration stole 13 years of her children's love from her and now she's slowly winning it back

Cassandra was one of the four women who were wrongfully incarcerated of sexually assaulting two young girls in San Antonio, Texas.

Living With Freedom | Elizabeth Ramirez of the San Antonio Four lost out on 17 years with her son after being wrongfully incarcerated
Living With Freedom | Elizabeth Ramirez of the San Antonio Four lost out on 17 years with her son after being wrongfully incarcerated

Liz was known as the ringleader of the San Antonio Four, a group of women who served more than a decade in prison after being wrongfully incarcerated for sexually assaulting two children

Living With Freedom | Kristie Mayhugh, one of the San Antonio Four, is going back to vet school to pursue her dreams of helping animals
Living With Freedom | Kristie Mayhugh, one of the San Antonio Four, is going back to vet school to pursue her dreams of helping animals

Kristie Mayhugh was one of the four women accused of molesting two children in San Antonio back in 1994. The group went on to be famously known as the San Antonio Four

Living With Freedom | After 27 years of being wrongfully incarcerated on rape charges, Johnny Pinchback has finally found the life he deserves
Living With Freedom | After 27 years of being wrongfully incarcerated on rape charges, Johnny Pinchback has finally found the life he deserves

Pinchback was convicted and sentenced for the rape of two teenage girls, who misidentified him in a police lineup, and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He was shattered, devastated and in disbelief

Living With Freedom | Anna Vasquez, part of the 'San Antonio Four', spent 13 years in prison for a crime she did not commit, her story is her legacy
Living With Freedom | Anna Vasquez, part of the 'San Antonio Four', spent 13 years in prison for a crime she did not commit, her story is her legacy

Anna Vasquez was one of the four women accused of molesting two children in San Antonio back in 1994. The group went on to be famously known as the San Antonio Four.

Living With Freedom | Even after being proven innocent, Rafael Madrigal is still awaiting justice from the State of California
Living With Freedom | Even after being proven innocent, Rafael Madrigal is still awaiting justice from the State of California

In July 2000, Madrigal was charged with committing a drive-by shooting in East Los Angeles on behalf of the Ford Maravilla gang, following which he was convicted in 2002 with a prison sentence of 25 years to life

Living With Freedom | Timothy Atkins still struggles to clear his name after being wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years
Living With Freedom | Timothy Atkins still struggles to clear his name after being wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years

Atkins was wrongfully incarcerated for 32 years to life after a witness falsified her testimony. He was just 17 years old at the time.

Living With Freedom | The triumph of Obie Anthony: After 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, on his release the hard part began
Living With Freedom | The triumph of Obie Anthony: After 17 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, on his release the hard part began

Anthony was wrongfully incarcerated on murder and armed robbery charges in 1996 at the age of 19 with no physical evidence tying him to the case

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