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Barred from Freedom: How Pretrial Detention Ruins Lives

Anthony Dorton was finally out of jail. But his path to freedom had come with a cost.
He would re-enter society on an August night, relieved that the San Francisco jury believed his side of the story. He couldn't erase the anger, though, hardened and entrenched by 10 months locked up for a crime he didn't commit and hadn't been convicted of.

A sheriff's deputy swung open the bulky steel door.

"Ten months and just like that, huh?" Dorton muttered.
The deputy patted his back and said, "You should just be happy you're free."

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