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Redemption and freedom from the past

From the February 17, 2014 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

This article originally appeared in the January 20, 2014, issue ofThe Christian Science Monitor.

A young man named Ryan Ferguson was freed late last year after spending nearly a decade in prison for a crime he did not commit (see The Huffington Post , November 13, 2013). When I first heard his story, I thought about the time he’d lost while in prison and how far behind he would be compared with his peers with regard to jobs and education.