Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) issued the following statement in response to Jason Puracal being released from prison in Nicaragua and returning home to the United States :

The hard work Jason Puracal’s family put in every day to secure his release has finally paid off.  After nearly 2 years behind bars in Nicaragua for a crime he should never have been convicted of, Jason has been released from La Modelo prison and he is now safely out of Nicaragua.  His family’s dedication to this uphill battle is unmatched.  I am so pleased to know that they have had the joy of welcoming him home this week.