Lester Pearson, 84, is a "10-6 lifer," one of roughly 60 men who took plea deals for life sentences with the chance of parole after 10 years and six months. During the first decade of their incarceration, laws changed and they were left to serve much lengthier prison sentences than they bargained for. After 57 years, Pearson was finally released on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Some say the box on job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" prevents ex-offenders from getting a fair shot. New laws prohibit firms from asking about a criminal record.