Before leaving office, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is freeing a young prisoner, Sang Dao, a move that has enormous support from prosecutors, police, a judge, and correctional staff who’ve applauded his remarkable transformation.

Dao will be freed in March, his sentence cut short by at least 3 ½ years.

“To say that I was impressed with Sang would be such an understatement,” said the judge who sentenced the boy in 2008. “I am so proud of the young adult that he has become and I am inspired by his accomplishments. He is emotionally and spiritually grounded; he is fiercely bright; he has tremendous potential to accomplish his educational and professional goals.”

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Story tip from Joel Arellano

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