Lengthy Prison Sentences Hurt Us All

I’m not against the idea of incarceration, but the way we do it now is an ineffective and inefficient drain on our resources. Last week I went to the women’s prison in Lowell, Florida to give a talk to the GED graduates. I told the inmates that while I was currently an author and a college professor, at one time I had been in the exact same place they were. Afterwards, a lovely woman, a mother of one of the inmates, thanked me for my “testimony.” “These girls need to hear that there’s hope,” she said. Then her daughter came over. I was shocked to learn she’d spent 22 years in prison. But she was getting out next year and she had big hopes and dreams. I walked away, thinking, that’s a hell of

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