NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with both Schmidle and Hood this week, on the morning after Hood's release. While Hood is free, he has yet to be pardoned. The murder charge is still on his record and he will continue to be on parole.
"I got to clear my name. I got to walk free," Hood said. "Like, this ankle monitor that has to be on my leg, I've got to get that off. I feel like I'm still locked up, but in a different location."
Hood shared what it's like to walk out of prison after two decades, his feelings about the police officers and prosecutors responsible for his conviction and the lessons he learned behind bars.
"I learned to just be patient. Be quick to listen and slow to speak," he said. "Don't judge nobody."