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February 28, 2014 11:03 PM

The price of choosing prison: After a hasty decision, a wait for freedom

How does a man reach the point in which prison seems like a more attractive option than freedom? It’s the question Roy Murphy is attempting to answer to a visiting stranger with a pen and a notepad. In his seat, he fidgets. He starts to speak, stops. Tries to start again. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” Murphy says. “It was just one of those things where I kind of gave up.” And then he drops the bomb. The truth is, now that he’s here — he doesn’t want to be.

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