May 23, 2013 marks the seventh anniversary of Orlando Boquete’s exoneration. We would like to take a moment to celebrate not only Orlando’s freedom but the freedom restored to all exonerees.
For many wrongly imprisoned, returning to life on the outside proves to be a difficult transition, and society will have changed greatly in the time they were away. But as Orlando told the New York Times, “I feel free many, many times…I want to feel free.” Despite transitional struggles and time lost, Orlando remains determined to embrace his freedom and rebuild the life he always imagined for himself.
Congratulations, Orlando, and happy anniversary of your restored freedom!