Photos and audio: For a marriage made in prison, the going gets tough


Elizer and Shaundelle Darris sit for a portrait.
1 Elizer and Shaundelle Darris sit for a portrait in the dining room of their Minneapolis home the day after Eli was released from prison on Oct. 18, 2016. Shaundelle had difficulty finding housing that would accept Eli with his criminal record, but was able to secure an apartment in the Phillips neighborhood with help from a family member. 
Shaundelle drops Eli off at work.
2 Eli and Shaundelle share a kiss before he heads to his first day working at a Minneapolis telemarketing firm on Oct. 24, 2016. Shaundelle regularly drove Eli to work and his other engagements until he got his license in the fall of 2017, nearly a year after he was released from prison. 
Eli and Shaundelle buy flowers.
3 Eli chides Shaundelle over the price of a bouquet of flowers she wants to buy for their apartment at the Minneapolis farmer's market on Oct. 29, 2016. Shaundelle went home with the flowers. 
Elizer and Shaundelle Darris work a booth at the State Fair.
4 Eli and Shaundelle work the booth of Minneapolis mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 24, 2017. Darris first contacted Levy-Pounds while he was in prison and went on to work for her campaign upon his release. 
Elizer catches up with his brother, Jordone.
5 Eli, left, talks to his brother Jordone Darris, right, in the living room of his Minneapolis home as Shaundelle works from their kitchen table the evening of October 19, 2017. Jordone, his girlfriend and son are now staying with Eli and Shaundelle. 
Elizer and Shaundelle talk shoe prices.
6 Elizer and Shaundelle discuss the price of shoes inside of the Gordman's store in Roseville on Oct. 29, 2016. 
Shaundelle takes Cash outside.
7 Shaundelle Darris takes out her dog, Cash, on Nov. 23, 2016. Despite the fact that Eli doesn't like Cash, Shaundelle is adamant about keeping the dog, which she has owned since before Eli's release. 
Eli and Shaundelle wait for his mother to arrive.
8 Eli and Shaundelle Darris laugh over a post Shaundelle found on the internet while waiting for Eli's mother to arrive for the Thanksgiving holiday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Nov. 23, 2016. 
Elizer Darris canvasses for Nekima Levy-Pounds' mayoral campaign.
9 Elizer Darris walks down a south Minneapolis sidewalk while canvassing for Nekima Levy-Pounds' mayoral campaign on March 25, 2017. 
Eli and Shaundelle order at Dairy Queen.
10 Shaundelle leans on Elizer's shoulder while they decide what to order at Dairy Queen in Minneapolis on Oct. 19, 2017. Eli ate his ice cream in the car while Shaundelle ate at a picnic table.