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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 11:31 PM
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15. I've seen it from the other side, and I can tell you that these programs help people inside
I've posted some pretty extreme anti- republican and anti-kkkristian rants here on DU. I spent part of my adolescence in the Kennedy years, and have been a politically-aware, far-left Democrat since the late sixties.

I've also spent my time in the joint, and I've seen inmates respond favorably to Prison Fellowship. I myself participated in the Kairos program and other spiritually-oriented programs: sweat lodges, Sufi, a Christian Science practitioner, gospel choirs, Catholic mass, meditation classes, etc. They all helped me rebuild my shattered life.

After you've been beat into the system (The United States of America vs. you) you need some warm and uplifting people around you. The various Prison Ministry programs help with that. I've seen some real hard-core lifetime cons express respect for Colson for coming back inside and helping people. I'm not talking about the "I've been saved by Jesus in the joint" types, I'm talking about the tough guys.

The Kairos program I was in had some of the most real people I've ever seen come in to spend time with us. I've never been so surrounded by love and uplifting vibrations as I was there. They weren't nuts; they weren't kooks; they were real people who gave big time and were there for us.

I'm not saying that all the facts and information in the post are bogus. I am saying that, when you're inside for a long time, it helps to have positive influences reaching out to your life and your soul. I'll give Prison Ministries and other prison-related spiritual programs credit for coming in and working with inmates.
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