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Episode 20: Lockup to Lockdown

Adrian Florez

Imagine getting out of prison after almost two decades, and being released into … this.

That’s what was on Jennifer Tilford’s mind as she stood in the parking lot at Cedar Creek Corrections Center, waiting for the man she’s been married to for three years, but has never been alone with.

Life for both of them is about to change radically.

“There is no normal and there's not going to be the same normal ever again,” Jennifer said. “Not only because Jason's coming home, but because of the whole virus.”

Credit Gabriel Spitzer / KNKX
Jason Bulleri-Tilford and Jennifer Tilford, moments after he was released from Cedar Creek Corrections Center.

Lockdowns, stay-home orders, they can feel kind of like being stuck in prison. Or, at least, house arrest. But how does it feel to someone who’s actually been incarcerated for most of his adult life?

On today’s episode, out of lockup and into lockdown. We follow Jason Bulleri-Tilford as his freedom begins — right in the middle of a pandemic. 

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Credit Courtesy of Jennifer Tilford
The Tilfords' wedding day, while Jason was incarcerated.

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Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.