For Samuel Serrano, going to prison is like disappearing. And he knows from experience that many stay inside. He is Puerto Rican, owns an auto repair shop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the state with the most people born in Puerto Rico serving sentences in state prisons.
There are 788 persons who were born in Puerto Rico and are sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison just in the six states with the largest Puerto Rican population — Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut — according to data from December 2022 and February 2023, the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, in Spanish) found.
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