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It was supposed to be routine. The radio host asked excellent questions, and so did callers, but after weeks of talking about the importance of forgetting, and years of researching, I had my answers ready. Then a woman called in. When still a teenager, she said, she had broken the law, gotten caught, been convicted, and spent time in prison. She had made a terrible mistake. But once released, she moved to a different city and put her life in order. She fell in love, had kids, found work, furnished her home. God helped her, she said, by giving her strength and faith. And society helped her, by affording her this second chance. Then, one day, one of her children’s classmates searched for her on the Internet and ...

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