I watched a powerful program the other night on juveniles who were convicted to life sentences and the impact that changing laws may have on them. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a bit fickle about crime and justice media programming because it’s so biased in one direction. Victim stories are incredible pieces, but most of the programs like this are usually dismissive of them, too, and focus on a prosecutor, a reporter, or someone selling books on a crime… profiting on someone’s brutal tragedy.

This program was different. It was all of these 30-somethings in prison owning their actions in really profound ways. They talked about what it is to grow and change in prison and how to run headlong into a crime they committed with humble humanity and concern for the victim’s families. It’s called remorse and ownership, something the system and the media could care less about. Don’t let a prosecutor talk about what’s good for justice, let it come from the guy serving that justice… and hear it through humility. It’s almost like there are humans in prisons. But these men grew up and grew responsible. And with the ever changing laws, perhaps their greater redemption could come in the form of contributing to free society, while paying homage to the people they’ve destroyed. How’s that for justice?

by Rory Andes

Humanizing the incarcerated makes them real… and worthy of humanity…

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