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Ron Pierce’s Journey


We offer the links to Truthdig’s seven-part series in which an honors student describes how he ended up in prison and the profound changes he experienced during his three decades behind bars.

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Part 7: A Freed Felon’s Hard and Perilous Path


Once released, felons become part of a criminal caste system, and most don’t make it on the outside. State prisons have a five-year recidivism rate of 76.6 percent, which keeps the prison-industrial complex full and profitable.

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Part 6: Out of the Halfway House, and Then a Scare


After more than 30 years in prison and halfway houses, the 58-year-old author walks free in the world.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE

Part 5: Back to School and a Sense of Renewal


After earning an associate degree in prison, the author, 58, hopes to complete his Bachelor of Arts study through a program at Rutgers University.

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Part 4: Restarting Life in a Halfway House


The transition from convict to parolee can be difficult, with more restrictions in the reintegration facility than in prison. But thoughts of the free world keep the author going.

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Part 3: The End of Incarceration


The author gets his day before the parole board after more than 30 years in prison for murder.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

Part 2: Welcome to Prison, and Rediscovering Humanity


After receiving a 30-year minimum life sentence for murder and an additional seven years for armed robbery, the author learned to use his energy in a positive way while serving time in New Jersey penitentiaries.

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Part 1: Innocence Lost—From Abused Child to Convicted Murderer


The author was recently released from prison after spending 30 years behind bars. In this seven-part series exclusive to Truthdig, he recounts his experience, starting with his early years.

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