Lauren Kessler (BSJ71)
95 percent of the millions of American men and women who go to prison eventually get out. What happens to them?
A gripping and empathetic work of immersion reportage, Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home, by veteran journalist Lauren Kessler reveals what awaits the hundreds of thousands released from prison every year: the first rush of freedom followed quickly by institutionalized obstacles and logistical roadblocks, grinding bureaucracies, lack of resources, societal stigmas and damning self-perceptions, the often overwhelming psychological challenges. Free follows six people whose diverse stories paint an intimate portrait of struggle, persistence, and resilience.