Exonoree Jacques Rivera Adjusts to Freedom

In December of 2011 Jacques Rivera was released from prison after spending 21 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.   Two years later, Jacques is talking to WBEZ’s Alison Flowers about his life after freedom.

There are small luxuries in Jacques’s new life, such as the French Vanilla coffee he drinks out of a red Disney coffee mug. But there is also fear. Jacques’s family recalls how in the days immediately following his release he slept with a butcher knife under his pillow and refused to leave his sister’s front porch.

To read more about Jacques and other exonerees, visit WBEZ’s Exoneree Diaries.

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