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Learning to overcome mental prisons even when freed from years behind bars

Learning to overcome mental prisons even when freed from years behind bars

Robert Boyd learned not to cry in prison, where showing emotion was seen as weakness. But three days following his release after 34 years on "the inside," the tears flowed freely as he dealt with the discomfort of adjusting to a world that had changed so much.

Incarcerated since age 16 for his role in what started as a burglary and ended as an unplanned murder, the 51-year-old spent more of his life in prison than out. In that time touch-screen cellphones replaced the wired telephones he remembered. The sleepy downtown he once knew turned into a vibrant tourist hub. Walking down the street as a free man seemed foreign and not quite right.

"I didn't feel as if...

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