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My First Job Out of Prison Was Back in Prison

“It felt like all eyes were on me.”

This article was published in collaboration with Vice.

I was released in 2015, after serving 20 years for murder in New Mexico. While inside, I worked as a baker in the cafeteria at the Corrections Department. Then, when I got out, my first job was in that same kitchen, serving green-chili cheeseburgers and burritos and chicken-fried steak.

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