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Rebroadcast: Life And Forgiveness After 21 Years In Prison


Marc Trice, center, watches as Francisco Hernandez speaks into the microphone in a 2014 show we recorded at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Marc Trice, center, watches as Francisco Hernandez speaks into the microphone in a 2014 show we recorded at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

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When Marc Trice went to prison, Beanie Babies were hip, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was topping the charts and “internet” was not a household word.

He was 15 years old and had never held a job. When Trice was released 21 years later, he had to learn how to negotiate the new century as a man in his mid-30s with a felony on his record. And the family of Trice’s victim, Sandra Lee Raph, had to learn to live with the knowledge that he was now free.

We first met Trice in 2014 when we broadcast a show from the Oregon State Penitentiary. We caught up with him now that he’s out and also spoke with the Angela Raph, the older sister of his victim. We got word recently that this show has won a gold prize at the New York Festivals International Radio Program competition. The award ceremony is tonight.

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