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America jails more people than any other country in the history of the world. For many, just one arrest is enough to get caught up in the system. When they’re released back into society after their debt has been paid, often, they are offered no opportunities and no hope. But there are some who do break through, who do get a hand, who do get help. Returning Citizens tells their story.

A store owner hires returning citizens to work in stores that serve their neighborhoods.
Sentenced as teens, then freed by the Supreme Court, inmates tell their truths.
Formerly incarcerated citizens learn useful new skills and creative pride.
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A store owner hires returning citizens to work in stores that serve their neighborhoods.
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