Richard Rosario has been in prison for 17 years. His daughter was three years old and his son was two when he was convicted of murdering a man in the Bronx on June 19, 1996. One of the hardest parts of these 17 years was figuring out how the kids should learn about where their dad was. At first their mother Minerva told them that their father was in the military and based in Japan. He couldn't come home right now but he would be home soon, she told them. "I didn't want them to have this portrayal of their father as a criminal," she says.
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But by the time Amanda Rosario was 12, she'd caught on that her mother was hiding something and she told her mother so. Minerva decided to tell her: "your father is in prison for a crime he didn't commit." Amanda didn't understand.
"She would ask the same question that I ask," says Minerva. "'Why is he there if he didn't do it?'"More »