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Connecting The call came in at 8:00 in the morning. His first words, after I said hello, “Hank, is it ever good to hear your voice.” Phil (name changed) was calling from the minimum at Stony Mountain. It was the first time we had spoken since the Institution had been closed to volunteers and visitors. …

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Do Unto Others

We settled into our seats at the local coffee shop to catch up on the latest news. James had seen his fair share of rough spots in life. Prison, mental health issues, struggling to hold a full time job.  As we talked we were interrupted by someone sitting next to us, “Do you know how …

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Practical Grace

So J. is back in prison again.  He violated one of his conditions and his freedom was removed. What do we do with him? After all, he has been in and out of prison a few times over the years. Maybe we should just throw away the key? It seems like a nice neat solution. In reality …

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It has been a few weeks now and the challenges of making it on the street have proved to much for J. as he ended up back in prison on a parole violation.  O. continues to do well.  Why the difference? Well, one part of staying out is relying on the supports that are there.  …

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