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For 'Lifers' Paroled, Stepping Into Life Beyond Bars Isn't Always Easy

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For 'Lifers' Paroled, Stepping Into Life Beyond Bars Isn't Always Easy

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For 'Lifers' Paroled, Stepping Into Life Beyond Bars Isn't Always Easy

For 'Lifers' Paroled, Stepping Into Life Beyond Bars Isn't Always Easy

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For decades, inmates in California serving sentences like 25 years to life with the possibility of parole rarely got out of prison. Recently, though, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of "lifers" being paroled. Scott Shafer of KQED explains how the change is affecting life on both sides of the prison walls.