SACRAMENTO — For Keiana Aldrich, freedom felt like sand between her toes.
Late Thursday night, after being released from the California Institution for Women after nearly a decade behind bars, the former sex trafficking victim dug her feet in the coastline at Huntington Beach, exhilaration hitting her like the waves coming on shore.

“It still feels unbelievable,” Aldrich, 25, said Friday morning, a breakfast burrito in her stomach. “So unreal.”

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