In the early morning hours, Kelly walks out of prison for what she hopes is the last time. "I'm nervous. I'm excited," she says. "It's like a new beginning. It's a new day."

The odds of Kelly staying out of prison are not in her favor. According to statistics, almost 50 percent of women who are released from prison will be back behind bars within three years.

Kelly boards a train and begins the three-hour journey home, a place she hasn't been in 900 days. Her mother, Lorri, and the three children she left behind are waiting for her to return. Kelly's 4-year-old daughter, Janet, was born after her first incarceration, and her youngest son, Jackson, is just 2 years old. John is now 6 years old.


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