Celebrating Freedom


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Amidst gun carnage, historic flooding and a missing freighter, there is good news for a captive American audience. Senator Corry Booker explains in an interview with Chris Mathews on Hardball, The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. It has bipartisan support and he is passionate as to why it is needed in America; pretty compelling stuff after the first minute of chatter. http://www.msnbc.com/hardball/watch/senator-cory-booker-plays-hardball-539068995802

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will be releasing 6,000 inmates between October30 and November 1, 2015; some to halfway houses, drug rehab or even to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It represents more movement to reduce mass incarceration, judicial overkill and unfair sentences for non violent offenders. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/06/justice-department-to-release-6000-inmates-from-federal-prisons-beginning-oct/

Today, a New York man finally had his conviction overturned; he served twenty five years and always maintained his innocence. Sometimes the wheels of American justice grind very slow. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/10/06/johnny-hincapie-new-murder-trial/

It pays to never give up, keep your faith strong and hold true to your values.  The prison reform train has left the station leaving a lot of people on the wrong side of history. Grace and forgiveness is an acquired skill; it will be in much demand going forward. We might all follow the example of Nelson Mandela, especially this writer.

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