Libre at Last! Libre at Last!

The first of 1,800 Cubans jailed in Atlanta go free

The two men, clutching their release papers and a few meager possessions, stepped out of the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary last week into bright sunshine and into a brighter world of freedom. At the foot of the steps, the pair turned back toward the prison and raised their arms in victory to friends peering out the barred windows. Ezequiel Puentes-Prieto claimed he had never despaired of being freed because "I've never done anything wrong." His companion Jorge Perez-Paez had not lost hope either but admitted, "I had gotten depressed about ever leaving."

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