Bolden and his son Antonio string lights on a Christmas tree at his aunt Brenda Lee’s house Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in a western suburb of Chicago. Bolden is a free man now but won’t always be around. He wants to help his children be there for each other and lead fulfilling lives, even as he contemplates what happiness means to a man who was deprived of it for 22 years. “What makes me happy may seem trivial to somebody else. I’m happy just to walk out of that door,” he said. “But I want to help my children find happiness, whatever they think it is.”

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