From the day the FBI arrested him in 2003 and told him the government was seeking the death penalty, Benjamin Frandsen labored fiercely for his release. His case was overturned twice on appeal (his third trial will likely be overturned again this year), and he was found suitable for parole three times in a row. Five separate times he beat LIFE in California. After 18 years fighting a sentence that began as Life Without the Possibility of Parole, the Parole Board finally released him on December 10, 2021
Merced College professors Jennifer McBride and Dr. Hoyt discuss with Ben the powerful experiences they have had behind the walls with their incarcerated students, and how they have each witnessed new insights and epiphanies springing up behind prison walls. Ben shares how crucial it was for him to have that in-person instruction while in prison and how many lives he saw it change.