Offender Aid and Restoration

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06 May 2010

For Ex-Cons, Re-entering Society is Daunting

After they’ve served their time behind bars and are released back into society, prisoners often need education, employment, housing and other assistance – or else they’re likely to return to committing crime. But such help can be hard to find.

06 May 2010

What Changed My Mind About Criminals

I used to think all criminals were guilty of being too lazy to try to live better lives. I thought criminals were criminals simply because they wanted to be – leeches who ruined life for the rest of us. I didn’t care about their “reasons” or “excuses” for what they did. I don’t harbor those misconceptions any more – thanks to a prison literature course at Virginia Commonwealth University.