For 'Lifers' Paroled, Stepping Into Life Beyond Bars Isn't Always Easy There has been a dramatic rise in the number of "lifers" — those sentenced to life in prison with chance of parole — being paroled. The change is affecting life on both sides of the prison walls.
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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

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.