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May 29, 2019
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Prisons-Recidivism

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  • (JAZZY PIANO MUSIC)
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
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  • (JAZZY PIANO MUSIC)
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  • (METAL GATE CLANGING)
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  • - RECIDIVISM IS A FANCY WORD THAT GOVERNMENT USES
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  • FOR FAILURE, THEIR FAILURE.
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  • - VERY SIMPLY, RECIDIVISM IS THE IDEA
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  • OF PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF PRISON AND THEN GOING BACK.
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  • - THEY INVEST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, OVER $80 BILLION
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  • IN THE STATE SYSTEMS ALONE, TO INCARCERATE PEOPLE
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  • IN WHAT IS CALLED A CORRECTIONS SYSTEM.
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  • THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET THOUGH,
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  • IS THAT PERFORMANCE OF THAT CORRECTIONS SYSTEM
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  • DOESN'T CORRECT BEHAVIOR ANYWHERE NEAR
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  • WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE
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  • IT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM, SO
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  • THEY USE THE WORD RECIDIVISM RATHER THAN FAILURE.
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  • - CURRENTLY IN LOUISIANA, WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN PRISON
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  • BECAUSE THEY RECIDIVATED, BECAUSE THEY WENT BACK TO PRISON
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  • A SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, OR SUBSEQUENT TIME,
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  • THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE IN FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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  • - WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT LOCKS UP MORE PEOPLE
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  • THAN THE REST OF THE WORLD.
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  • AND THAT'S JUST NOT WORKING, AND WE CAN SEE THAT.
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  • AND IT NEEDS TO CHANGE.
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  • - NOT MANY JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THE NATION
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  • HAVE DONE THE INTENSIVE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
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  • IN ORDER TO GO PAST JUST THE WHAT
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  • AND GET TO THE WHY.
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  • - BEING IN THE CORRECTIONAL, RECIDIVISM, IN-AND-OUT DEAL,
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  • I HAD NOT REALIZED JUST EXACTLY
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  • WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE HOUSED
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  • WITH GUYS THAT, UNLESS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY CHANGES FOR THEM,
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  • THEY'RE GONNA DIE IN PRISON.
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  • - [INTERVIEWER] THESE ARE SOME QUESTIONS
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  • WE'RE GONNA ASK A LOT OF PEOPLE ON.
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  • - NOT WHAT MOST PEOPLE THINK.
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  • FREEDOM IS WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR YOU.
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  • IT FREES YOUR MIND AND IT FREES YOUR SOUL.
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  • - [INTERVIEWER] THIS IS YOUR OFFICE?
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  • - THIS IS MY OFFICE, THIS IS THE BUSINESS PART
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  • OF THE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM.
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  • THIS IS WHERE WE KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE STUDENTS' RECORDS,
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  • ATTENDANCE, GRADES, RESUMES,
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  • LETTERS THAT THEY HAVE TO WRITE BACK TO THE JUDGE
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  • WHICH WE HELP THEM WRITE,
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  • AS THAT IS GONNA REFLECT ON THEIR MONTHLY REPORTS.
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  • IT'S ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY AND DOING THE RIGHT THING.
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  • - JOHN SHEEHAN IS A SEMINARY GRADUATE.
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  • HE HAS A NUMBER OF ASE CERTIFICATIONS,
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  • THAT'S AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE EXCELLENCE.
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  • AND WITH HIS SEMINARY DEGREE,
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  • HE MEETS THE SAME CREDENTIAL IN CRITERIA
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  • AS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
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  • WITH THE LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM.
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  • YET, HE'S SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE.
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  • - FROM WHEN I FIRST GOT HERE IN THE MID EIGHTIES,
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  • PRISON AS ANGOLA WAS KNOWN, WAS VERY PUNITIVE.
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  • THERE WASN'T THE THOUGHT OF REHABILITATION
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  • AT THAT TIME.
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  • AS YEARS HAVE GONE BY, AND GOD HAS BEEN ALLOWED
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  • TO WORK MORE INSIDE OF THE PRISON HERE,
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  • THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THIS PRISON HAS CHANGED.
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  • THERE IS MORE OF A FOCUS ON REHABILITATION
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  • AND CHANGING THE LIVES OF MEN INSIDE OF THE PRISON
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  • SO THAT THEY'LL STAY OUTSIDE OF PRISON.
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  • - YOU KNOW AS A WARDEN OF A PRISON
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  • WE THOUGHT OUR JOBS WERE DONE
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  • WHEN THEY DISCHARGE OUT OF THE GATES,
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  • AND THAT OUR JOB WAS TO KEEP 'EM BEHIND THE FENCES
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  • AND PROTECTING THE PUBLIC FROM THEM
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  • GETTING BEYOND THOSE FENCES.
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  • AND I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE
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  • DIRECTOR OF PROBATION PAROLE IN MY EXPERIENCE
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  • AND I REALIZED THAT REALLY,
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  • THE JOB DOESN'T START UNTIL THEY HIT THAT FRONT GATE.
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  • AND WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS PROVIDE
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  • SERVICES, PROGRAMS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS,
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  • THE THINGS THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN OUR SYSTEM
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  • HAVE NEVER HAD ACCESS TO.
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  • - WE'RE IN THE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
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  • AT THE LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY,
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  • AND THIS IS WHERE THEY TEACH THEM
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  • HOW TO TAKE THE TRANSMISSIONS APART, REBUILD THEM,
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  • AND WHENEVER THEY'RE NOT DOING THE LIVE WORK
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  • ON THE AUTOMOBILES,
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  • THEY'LL BE AT THE TABLE DOING THEIR STUDY,
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  • WORKING WITH THEIR BOOKS.
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  • I WOULD SAY BEFORE I WAS SAVED,
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  • I WAS A VERY SELFISH PERSON.
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  • IT WAS MORE ABOUT ME.
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  • AFTER GOD SAVED ME AND SHOWED ME HIS LOVE,
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  • IT WAS REALIZING THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT ME ANYMORE,
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  • IT'S ABOUT MY FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS
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  • TRYING TO GIVE BACK AND TO SHOW LOVE TO THEM
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  • AND TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF PRISON,
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  • TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF MEN.
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  • (INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC)
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  • - WHEN YOU DISCHARGE FROM PRISONS
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  • IN ANY STATE, FOR THAT MATTER,
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  • BUT IN PARTICULAR LOUISIANA,
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  • CARRYING THE LOAD OF AN EX-OFFENDER MAKES IT VERY
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  • DIFFICULT FROM A JOB STANDPOINT, FROM A HOUSING STANDPOINT,
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  • JUST FUNCTIONING IN OUR COMMUNITIES,
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  • IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO SURVIVE.
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  • (PHONE RINGING)
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  • - I WAS IN PRISON FOUR YEARS AND 10 MONTHS.
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  • AND I THOUGHT VERY LITTLE OF MY FREEDOM,
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  • AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY I WAS VIOLATING
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  • LIKE I WAS DOING.
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  • BUT ONCE MY FREEDOM WAS BACK RESTORED TO ME,
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  • IT'S VERY VALUABLE AND I NEVER WANNA LOSE IT AGAIN.
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  • - FREEDOM IS PURSUIT OF THINGS THAT I'M PURSUING NOW
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  • AND THE THINGS THAT I'LL PROBABLY HAVE IN THE FUTURE.
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  • IT'S MORE THE PURSUIT FOR ME, OF FREEDOM.
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  • - FOR ME FREEDOM HAS A WHOLE LOT TO DO WITH CHOICE,
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  • AND IN ONE LEVEL AND ONE REGARD WE'RE IN CONTROL OF THAT,
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  • YOU KNOW, WE ARE ULTIMATELY OUR OWN DECISION MAKERS.
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  • BUT THERE'S SO MANY THINGS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES
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  • THAT LIMIT PEOPLES' CHOICES.
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  • IF WE'RE IN A SOCIETY WHERE FORMERLY INCARCERATED PEOPLE
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  • CAN'T CHOOSE WHERE TO LIVE, CAN'T EVEN CHOOSE
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  • TO VOLUNTEER AT THEIR GRANDKIDS' SCHOOL
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  • BECAUSE OF THEIR RECORD,
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  • THEY CAN'T CHOOSE WHERE TO WORK,
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  • AND SOMETIMES THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE
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  • BETWEEN EATING AND GETTING THEIR MEDICATION.
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  • THAT IS NOT FREEDOM.
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  • (INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC)
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  • I USED TO THINK THAT GETTING SOMEONE OUT OF PRISON
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  • WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE VICTORY.
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  • I WAS A SENTENCING REFORM ADVOCATE,
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  • AND THE DAY THAT WE GOT OUR FIRST TWO CLIENTS
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  • RELEASED FROM PRISON, I THOUGHT I NEEDED TO RETIRE
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  • BECAUSE WHAT MORE COULD WE POSSIBLY DO?
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  • WE PAVED THE WAY FOR HUNDREDS OF OTHER PEOPLE TO GET OUT,
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  • WE MUST BE DONE.
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  • AND THEN I PICKED UP BOB AND JOSH FROM THE GATES
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  • AT THE LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY AT ANGOLA,
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  • AND ABOUT 30 MINUTES INTO THE RIDE
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  • I REALIZED WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE THEY
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  • WERE GOING TO GET THEIR MEDICINE IN THE MORNING,
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  • WHERE THEY WERE GONNA SLEEP THAT NIGHT,
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  • WHERE THEY WERE GONNA GET CLOTHES,
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  • HOW THEY WERE GONNA MAKE MONEY.
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  • WE HAD NO IDEA.
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  • (PHONE RINGING) (CONVERSING FAINTLY)
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  • - ALBERT LANDRY FOR 72 PLUS.
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  • YES MA'AM WE DO, WE'RE A REENTRY PROGRAM,
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  • A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, ASSISTANCE FOR
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  • NEWLY RELEASED INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS.
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  • HE SAID, COME OVER HERE TO DO A INTAKE,
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  • GET AN INTERVIEW, WE WILL HELP HIM OUT.
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  • IF HE NEED CLOTHING, IF HE NEED ASSISTANCE,
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  • IF HE NEED JOB PLACEMENT,
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  • OR ANYTHING WE COULD DO WITH HIS REENTRY THAT'LL HELP HIM.
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  • - THE FIRST 72 PLUS REFERS TO THE FACT
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  • THAT THE FIRST 72 HOURS AFTER THE RELEASE FROM PRISON
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  • ARE THE MOST CRUCIAL.
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  • - BECAUSE THAT'S THE MAKE OR BREAK YOU,
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  • IF YOU DON'T HAVE WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE IT
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  • YOUR CHANCES OF GOING BACK TO PRISON IS GREAT.
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  • - SO WE MEET PEOPLE AT THE GATES,
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  • 'CAUSE WE WANNA MEET THEM
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  • AS THEY'RE GOING IN TO WHAT IS GOING TO BE
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  • ONE OF THE HARDEST TRANSITIONS OF THEIR LIVES.
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  • - ANYBODY WHO'S LESS FORTUNATE
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  • WHETHER YOU HELPING HIM OUT, GETTING HIM SOME CLOTHES.
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  • WHEN I STOP, WE WON'T BE
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  • ALL CAUGHT UP IN THE WELCOME
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  • AND I'M A GOOD WITNESS TO KNOW.
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  • ME MYSELF, I COME,
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  • THIS IS WHERE I STARTED AT.
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  • WHEN I COME HOME. I STAYING NEXT DOOR.
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  • NOW, GOT TWO JOBS,
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  • GOT MY OWN VEHICLE.
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  • AND I'M OFF TO THE RACES.
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  • LIKE I AIN'T NEVER MISSED A BEAT.
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  • - EVERY SINGLE FAILURE OF OUR SOCIETY'S,
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  • THAT'S HOW PEOPLE LAND IN JAIL.
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  • IF OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS ARE NOT WORKING,
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  • KIDS ARE GONNA GO TO JAIL.
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  • IF WE AREN'T ABLE TO PROVIDE JOBS TO PARENTS
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  • SO THAT THEY CAN SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES,
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  • THOSE PARENTS ARE GONNA GO TO JAIL.
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  • IF WE AREN'T ABLE TO TREAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
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  • WITH COMPASSION, AND WITH THE POWER OF REDEMPTION,
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  • PEOPLE ARE GONNA GO TO JAIL OR THEY'RE GONNA DIE.
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  • IF PEOPLE AREN'T ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING,
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO CHOOSE TO DO SOMETHING ILLEGAL.
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  • AND PEOPLE ARE GONNA END UP IN JAIL.
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  • JAIL IS THE CATCH-ALL FOR EVERY FAILURE OF OUR SOCIETY.
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  • - IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF WHAT GOD'S DONE.
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  • IT'S NOT BECAUSE THE AUTOMOTIVE SCHOOL
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  • OR THE WELDING SCHOOL OR ANYTHING,
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  • IT'S GOD'S CHANGED LIVES.
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  • THE WARDEN SEEN PURPOSE IN WHO WE WERE
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  • AND BELIEVED IN US AS INDIVIDUALS AND PEOPLE,
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  • SO THEY WERE TAKING A CHANCE ON
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  • UTILIZING INMATES THAT HAD A LIFE SENTENCE
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  • THAT HAD NOTHING TO GAIN OR TO LOSE
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  • TO CHANGE THE CONCEPT OF PRISON.
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  • - AND REMEMBERING, REENTRY COURT ON LOUISIANA
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  • IS PRETTY UNIQUE TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.
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  • I THINK PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO REALIZE
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  • THAT HEY, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WORKS.
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  • - I GOT TIRED OF SENDING GENERATIONS TO JAIL.
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  • MOM, DAD, GRANDMA, GRANDPA,
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  • AND THEN ULTIMATELY GRANDCHILDREN
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  • WOULD WIND UP IN THE SYSTEM.
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  • OBVIOUSLY WHAT WE WERE DOING
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  • WAS NOT WORKING PARTICULARLY WELL.
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  • - WE TAKE AUTOMOBILES IN HERE,
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  • IT'S THE MOST CRUCIAL SECTION THAT THERE IS
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  • IS TO BE ABLE TO DO BRAKE WORK.
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  • IF WE DON'T DO THOSE BRAKE JOBS RIGHT
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  • THEN WE ENDANGER THE OWNER
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  • AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT'S TRAVELING ON THE ROADS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHERE I GO BACK TO SAY
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  • THAT THE WARDEN ON DOWN TO THE CADET
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  • TRUST US WITH THEIR LIVES
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  • BECAUSE OF US DOING THE TYPE OF WORK
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  • THAT WE'RE DOING INSIDE OF HERE.
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  • - OUR RECIDIVISM RATE WAS HOVERING AROUND 47%
  • 00:10:14.090 --> 00:10:17.210
  • AFTER THREE YEARS FOR MOST INDIVIDUALS
  • 00:10:17.230 --> 00:10:20.180
  • WHO CAME THROUGH THE REGULAR, IF YOU WILL,
  • 00:10:20.200 --> 00:10:23.010
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
  • 00:10:23.030 --> 00:10:24.270
  • - INSIDE OF HERE, THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT.
  • 00:10:24.290 --> 00:10:27.220
  • SO WE NEED TO START ACTING AND DOING THOSE THINGS
  • 00:10:27.240 --> 00:10:31.180
  • AND PRACTICE THEM EACH AND EVERY DAY.
  • 00:10:31.200 --> 00:10:33.230
  • AND SO WHEN THEY LEAVE FROM HERE,
  • 00:10:33.250 --> 00:10:35.240
  • IT'S ABLE TO CARRY OVER TO THE JOB ON THE OUTSIDE.
  • 00:10:35.260 --> 00:10:39.030
  • - THESE GUYS ARE ALL CERTIFIED
  • 00:10:39.050 --> 00:10:40.250
  • TO THE INDUSTRIAL STANDARD
  • 00:10:40.270 --> 00:10:42.260
  • TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY IS THERE
  • 00:10:42.280 --> 00:10:46.220
  • FOR THE INDIVIDUAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THAT PROGRAM.
  • 00:10:46.240 --> 00:10:50.160
  • - WITH REENTRY, I'M DELIGHTED TO SAY
  • 00:10:50.180 --> 00:10:53.000
  • THAT THE NEW STATEWIDE STATISTICS
  • 00:10:53.020 --> 00:10:55.180
  • ARE RIGHT AROUND 9.6% FOR THE THREE YEAR MARK,
  • 00:10:55.200 --> 00:10:59.170
  • WHICH IS A PRETTY INCREDIBLE REDUCTION IN RECIDIVISM
  • 00:10:59.190 --> 00:11:02.200
  • AS COMPARED TO WHAT WE NORMALLY USED TO DO.
  • 00:11:02.220 --> 00:11:05.260
  • - AND LOOK, THAT'S PROOF IN THE PUDDING.
  • 00:11:05.280 --> 00:11:07.260
  • THAT IS PROOF THAT IF WE DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO
  • 00:11:07.280 --> 00:11:11.110
  • FOR THE REST OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE LEAVING OUR SYSTEM,
  • 00:11:11.130 --> 00:11:14.180
  • THEN IT'S GONNA WORK, AND EVERYBODY WINS.
  • 00:11:14.200 --> 00:11:16.180
  • IT'S A WIN-WIN FOR OUR COMMUNITIES,
  • 00:11:16.200 --> 00:11:18.180
  • FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, FOR OUR COURTS,
  • 00:11:18.200 --> 00:11:20.240
  • FOR OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:24.280
  • - I'M AN EX-OFFENDER.
  • 00:11:25.000 --> 00:11:26.160
  • 42 YEARS IS THE PRICE BUT I WORK HERE AS STAFF.
  • 00:11:26.180 --> 00:11:29.130
  • LEGAL TEAM.
  • 00:11:29.150 --> 00:11:31.040
  • KNOWING IT'S THERE MOTIVATES ME.
  • 00:11:31.060 --> 00:11:33.250
  • IT KEEPS ME WITH THAT FOOT PLANTED ON THE OTHER SIDE
  • 00:11:33.270 --> 00:11:36.110
  • SAYING WELL, I'M NOT GOING THAT WAY.
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:38.100
  • I'MMA KEEP PUSHING BUT IT'S NOT GONNA BE THAT WAY.
  • 00:11:38.120 --> 00:11:40.100
  • IF I FALL, I'LL FALL, BUT IT WON'T BE THAT WAY.
  • 00:11:40.120 --> 00:11:43.180
  • I DECIDED, I'D RATHER BE DEAD THAN TO BE IN THAT PLACE.
  • 00:11:43.200 --> 00:11:46.200
  • SO THAT'S, I'M NOT GONNA WANT TO BE DEAD EITHER,
  • 00:11:46.220 --> 00:11:49.180
  • SO I'MMA DO GOOD, I'MMA KEEP PUSHING FORWARD.
  • 00:11:49.200 --> 00:11:51.190
  • - WE SEE SETBACKS,
  • 00:11:51.210 --> 00:11:54.040
  • AND WE SEE PEOPLE STRUGGLE
  • 00:11:54.060 --> 00:11:56.280
  • EVERY SINGLE DAY, BECAUSE WE ARE UP AGAINST A BEHEMOTH.
  • 00:11:57.000 --> 00:12:01.240
  • WE FEEL THAT EVERY SINGLE DAY
  • 00:12:01.260 --> 00:12:03.260
  • BECAUSE WE'RE LITERALLY IN THE SHADOW OF A PRISON
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:07.210
  • THAT COSTS OVER A BILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD.
  • 00:12:07.230 --> 00:12:11.290
  • (DISTANT SHOUTING)
  • 00:12:12.010 --> 00:12:14.070
  • THE MORE AND MORE WORK THAT I HAVE DONE,
  • 00:12:14.090 --> 00:12:16.290
  • THE MORE THAT I'VE LEARNED THAT
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:18.220
  • IF YOUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY BETTER,
  • 00:12:18.240 --> 00:12:21.170
  • YOU'VE GOTTA GO INTO THAT COMMUNITY,
  • 00:12:21.190 --> 00:12:23.150
  • YOU'VE GOTTA GO TO THAT BLOCK.
  • 00:12:23.170 --> 00:12:25.110
  • YOU'VE LITERALLY, YOU'VE GOTTA START WITH A BLOCK
  • 00:12:25.130 --> 00:12:27.080
  • AND SAY WHAT CAN WE DO FOR THE PEOPLE
  • 00:12:27.100 --> 00:12:29.170
  • THAT LIVE ON THIS BLOCK
  • 00:12:29.190 --> 00:12:31.010
  • TO MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER, AND EASIER,
  • 00:12:31.030 --> 00:12:34.000
  • TO ALLOW THEM TO BE TRULY FREE, TO BE INDEPENDENT
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:36.260
  • AND TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES.
  • 00:12:36.280 --> 00:12:40.080
  • - YOU CAN'T RESCUE NOBODY, THAT'S NOT OUR JOB.
  • 00:12:40.100 --> 00:12:43.040
  • BUT TO GIVE YOUR MAN OPPORTUNITIES
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:44.150
  • THAT HE WOULDN'T HAVE OTHERWISE,
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:46.130
  • THAT'S WHAT THE FIRST 72 GOAL IS.
  • 00:12:46.150 --> 00:12:48.230
  • - AND NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES,
  • 00:12:48.250 --> 00:12:50.220
  • OURSELVES INCLUDED, POLICE OFFICERS,
  • 00:12:50.240 --> 00:12:53.030
  • JUDGES, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS,
  • 00:12:53.050 --> 00:12:55.030
  • OUR EYES ARE ON THE SAME PRIZE
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:56.270
  • AND THAT GIVES US HOPE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:12:56.290 --> 00:13:00.030
  • (INTROSPECTIVE PIANO MUSIC) (METALLIC BUZZING)
  • 00:13:00.050 --> 00:13:04.270
  • - WHEN I THINK OF FREEDOM
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:06.130
  • I THINK ABOUT THE FREEDOM THAT WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 00:13:06.150 --> 00:13:09.010
  • OUR FREEDOMS OF RELIGION, FREEDOM OF...
  • 00:13:09.030 --> 00:13:14.000
  • JUST THE NORMAL FREEDOMS THAT MOST PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED.
  • 00:13:14.020 --> 00:13:18.040
  • - WHEN I THINK OF FREEDOM, WHAT COME TO MIND
  • 00:13:18.060 --> 00:13:19.290
  • IS BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO
  • 00:13:20.010 --> 00:13:21.210
  • WHEN YOU WANNA DO IT.
  • 00:13:21.230 --> 00:13:23.050
  • - THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MY MIND IS, BONDAGE.
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:28.000
  • SPIRITUALLY, FEELING LIKE I'M
  • 00:13:28.020 --> 00:13:31.250
  • LIVING IN GOD'S WILL,
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:33.290
  • AND THAT I HAVE FREEDOM IN CHRIST, IN ME.
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:38.060
  • AND THEN THE SECOND THING I THINK ABOUT, IS BEING
  • 00:13:38.080 --> 00:13:43.210
  • NOT IN PRISON.
  • 00:13:43.230 --> 00:13:44.250
  • - I THINK FOR MOST OF US,
  • 00:13:44.270 --> 00:13:46.240
  • FREEDOM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:48.230
  • IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET UP EVERY MORNING,
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:51.010
  • GO TO WORK, TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY, MAKE A LIVING,
  • 00:13:51.030 --> 00:13:54.040
  • BE A PRODUCTIVE CITIZEN, GIVE SOMETHING BACK.
  • 00:13:54.060 --> 00:13:57.000
  • DO THOSE THINGS THAT MANY OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED.
  • 00:13:57.020 --> 00:13:59.270
  • - FREEDOM TO ME MEANS
  • 00:13:59.290 --> 00:14:02.210
  • JUST BEING ABLE TO COME AND GO TO WORK EVERY DAY.
  • 00:14:02.230 --> 00:14:06.080
  • BEING WITH MY WIFE AND MY KIDS ON THE WEEKEND,
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:08.170
  • JUST DOING WHAT I WANT.
  • 00:14:08.190 --> 00:14:11.180
  • (HYDRAULIC LIFT BUZZES)
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:13.040
  • NOT HAVING SOMEONE ELSE DICTATE HOW MY DAY'S GONNA PLAY OUT.
  • 00:14:13.060 --> 00:14:16.280
  • TELL ME WHEN I HAVE TO EAT, WHEN I HAVE TO SHOWER.
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:22.000
  • THAT'S WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME.
  • 00:14:22.020 --> 00:14:25.260
  • - [INTERVIEWER] HOW OFTEN DO YOU MAKE THIS TRIP?
  • 00:14:25.280 --> 00:14:29.150
  • - TWICE A MONTH.
  • 00:14:29.170 --> 00:14:30.200
  • THERE'S A NUMBER YOU CALL EVERY DAY,
  • 00:14:30.220 --> 00:14:32.170
  • THEY SAY SOME COLORS, AND THE DAYS YOUR COLOR COMES UP
  • 00:14:32.190 --> 00:14:36.000
  • COULD BE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY,
  • 00:14:36.020 --> 00:14:37.140
  • COULD BE CHRISTMAS, COULD BE THANKSGIVING.
  • 00:14:37.160 --> 00:14:40.240
  • YOU GOTTA REMEMBER TO CALL THAT NUMBER EVERY DAY
  • 00:14:40.260 --> 00:14:43.210
  • AND WHEN THEY SAY YOUR COLOR, YOU GO IN AND SCREEN.
  • 00:14:43.230 --> 00:14:46.050
  • SO I'M HOPING, FINGERS CROSSED,
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:48.020
  • THAT I'LL JUST KEEP DOING WHAT I'M DOING
  • 00:14:48.040 --> 00:14:49.210
  • AND I SHOULD ONLY HAVE A FEW MONTHS LEFT.
  • 00:14:49.230 --> 00:14:52.090
  • HOPEFULLY JANUARY, MARCH, I'LL BE
  • 00:14:52.110 --> 00:14:56.190
  • RIGHT AT A LITTLE OVER FOUR YEARS OUT OF ANGOLA.
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:15:01.010
  • SO HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ONE OF THE NEXT ONES
  • 00:15:01.030 --> 00:15:03.270
  • TO BE RELEASED FROM REENTRY.
  • 00:15:03.290 --> 00:15:06.190
  • - I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS
  • 00:15:06.210 --> 00:15:08.160
  • THAT RECIDIVISM RATES IN AMERICA ARE SO HIGH RIGHT NOW
  • 00:15:08.180 --> 00:15:11.140
  • IS, WE DO HAVE A SERIOUS SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER PROBLEM.
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:16.020
  • PUTTING SOMEONE IN JAIL FOR USING DRUGS
  • 00:15:16.040 --> 00:15:19.020
  • AND EXPECTING THEM TO COME OUT NOT USING DRUGS,
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:22.130
  • WITHOUT ANYTHING HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE,
  • 00:15:22.150 --> 00:15:24.250
  • IS REALLY NOT VERY GOOD SCIENCE.
  • 00:15:24.270 --> 00:15:27.040
  • I THINK WE'VE MISSED THE BOAT ON THAT HARD MEASURE.
  • 00:15:27.060 --> 00:15:30.040
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, 85% OF THE POPULATION
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:33.250
  • IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:35.100
  • HAS SOME SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER.
  • 00:15:35.120 --> 00:15:37.200
  • WE'RE SENDING THOSE PEOPLE RIGHT BACK OUT ONTO THE STREET
  • 00:15:37.220 --> 00:15:41.010
  • WITHOUT HAVING TREATED THE WHY.
  • 00:15:41.030 --> 00:15:43.050
  • - ALL RIGHT TRAV, GO SEE KEVIN RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:15:43.070 --> 00:15:44.210
  • BIG GUY WITH THE GLASSES.
  • 00:15:44.230 --> 00:15:46.090
  • AND WE'LL GET YOU ROLLING, AND AGAIN,
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:48.050
  • YOU JUST SHADOW SOME PEOPLE,
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:50.050
  • SOME EMPLOYEES RIGHT NOW FOR A FEW DAYS
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:52.030
  • JUST GET YOU UNDERNEATH THE HANG OF EVERYTHING
  • 00:15:52.050 --> 00:15:54.150
  • AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE.
  • 00:15:54.170 --> 00:15:55.230
  • - ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. - ALL RIGHT, BUDDY.
  • 00:15:55.250 --> 00:15:57.050
  • WHEN I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE PROGRAM,
  • 00:15:57.070 --> 00:15:59.110
  • I WAS A LITTLE SHY OF IT.
  • 00:15:59.130 --> 00:16:02.180
  • I DEFINITELY WAS NOT INTERESTED
  • 00:16:02.200 --> 00:16:06.290
  • JUST BECAUSE OF THE FACT I WAS GONNA DEAL WITH INMATES
  • 00:16:07.010 --> 00:16:11.010
  • AND I WASN'T REALLY QUITE SURE
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:12.130
  • WHAT KIND OF PERSON OR PEOPLE
  • 00:16:12.150 --> 00:16:15.060
  • I WAS GONNA GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM.
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:16.200
  • BUT NOW THAT IT'S SAID AND DONE WITH,
  • 00:16:16.220 --> 00:16:18.140
  • IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT I THINK WE'VE DONE AS A COMPANY
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:22.110
  • IS TO START HIRING SOME OF THESE GUYS.
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:24.160
  • (INTROSPECTIVE PIANO MUSIC)
  • 00:16:24.180 --> 00:16:30.120
  • - WHEN I WENT TO ANGOLA, I MADE A DECISION
  • 00:16:30.140 --> 00:16:32.220
  • THAT I WAS GONNA CHANGE EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE.
  • 00:16:32.240 --> 00:16:36.080
  • I LIKE DOING MECHANIC WORK,
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:37.260
  • SO I WENT INTO THE AUTOMOTIVE SCHOOL,
  • 00:16:37.280 --> 00:16:40.160
  • AND LUCKILY CRAIG GAVE ME A OPPORTUNITY HERE.
  • 00:16:40.180 --> 00:16:43.240
  • HE'D NEVER MET ME, HE HAD JUST STARTED
  • 00:16:43.260 --> 00:16:45.270
  • WORKING WITH THE PROGRAM.
  • 00:16:45.290 --> 00:16:47.030
  • I WAS LIKE THE SECOND GUY THAT HE HIRED.
  • 00:16:47.050 --> 00:16:50.050
  • I JUST TOLD HIM,
  • 00:16:50.070 --> 00:16:51.150
  • IF HE GAVE ME A CHANCE, HE WOULDN'T BE DISAPPOINTED.
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:53.170
  • SO THAT'S WHAT HE DID.
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:55.180
  • - YOU KNOW I THINK THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF FREEDOM, IS
  • 00:16:55.200 --> 00:17:00.070
  • JUST A MANIFESTATION
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:03.060
  • OF INNER FREEDOM.
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:05.220
  • IF YOU STILL ARE FIGHTING THAT ADDICTION
  • 00:17:05.240 --> 00:17:08.160
  • AND NOT DOING THE WORK YOU NEED TO DO TO BEAT IT
  • 00:17:08.180 --> 00:17:12.030
  • YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE FREE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE BARS.
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:14.270
  • - FOR ME, I FELT LIKE THERE WAS NO HOPE FOR CHANGE.
  • 00:17:14.290 --> 00:17:19.220
  • I FELT LIKE I WAS
  • 00:17:19.240 --> 00:17:22.150
  • GONNA ALWAYS NEED SOMETHING TO
  • 00:17:22.170 --> 00:17:25.270
  • ESCAPE REALITY, TO COPE WITH LIFE.
  • 00:17:25.290 --> 00:17:29.030
  • - YOU'VE GOTTA LOOK AT THE HOLISTIC APPROACH.
  • 00:17:29.050 --> 00:17:30.280
  • YOU'VE GOTTA FIX THE INHERENT PROBLEMS
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:34.160
  • OF THE DRUG ADDICTIONS, IF THEY DO HAVE THAT.
  • 00:17:34.180 --> 00:17:37.120
  • YOU'VE GOTTA FIX CONDITIONS OF THE HEART.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:39.240
  • YOU'VE GOTTA CHANGE THAT MINDSET.
  • 00:17:39.260 --> 00:17:41.190
  • - AND THAT'S WHAT'S TAUGHT IN THE CHURCH,
  • 00:17:41.210 --> 00:17:43.130
  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS CAME TO THIS EARTH TO DO.
  • 00:17:43.150 --> 00:17:46.120
  • HE IS THE SOLUTION, AND IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:17:46.140 --> 00:17:49.040
  • FOR US TO BRING FORWARD THE FREEDOM
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:51.250
  • THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE PROMISES IN THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 00:17:51.270 --> 00:17:55.220
  • FOR ANY PERSON THAT'S WILLING TO ACCEPT THEM
  • 00:17:55.240 --> 00:17:58.210
  • INTO THEIR HEART AND TO BE SET FREE.
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:01.030
  • I KNOW THAT FIRSTHAND, IN RECOVERING FROM MY OWN ADDICTION
  • 00:18:01.050 --> 00:18:05.070
  • AFTER DECADES OF LIVING IN ALCOHOLISM.
  • 00:18:05.090 --> 00:18:07.250
  • - I JUST NEVER HAD A CHANGE OF HEART,
  • 00:18:07.270 --> 00:18:10.040
  • AND I ASKED GOD TO CHANGE MY HEART.
  • 00:18:10.060 --> 00:18:13.070
  • - I'M FREE OF A DRUG HABIT.
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:18.000
  • SO WHEN YOU HAVE AN ADDICTION,
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:21.010
  • WHEN IT GETS TO A CERTAIN POINT,
  • 00:18:21.030 --> 00:18:23.150
  • YOU'RE PRETTY MUCH A PRISONER OF YOUR ADDICTION.
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:27.110
  • IT DICTATES EVERYTHING YOU DO
  • 00:18:27.130 --> 00:18:31.080
  • FROM THE MINUTE YOU WAKE UP, IF YOU DO GET ANY SLEEP.
  • 00:18:31.100 --> 00:18:35.160
  • THE MINUTE YOU WAKE UP TO THE MINUTE YOU PASS OUT.
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:39.070
  • IT'S ALL DICTATED BY THAT SUBSTANCE YOU'RE ON.
  • 00:18:39.090 --> 00:18:42.090
  • YOU HAVE TO LIVE WITH THOSE DECISIONS.
  • 00:18:42.110 --> 00:18:43.230
  • NOW WHAT WE DECIDE TO DO TO OVERCOME THEM SITUATIONS IS,
  • 00:18:43.250 --> 00:18:47.240
  • THAT'S ALL ON US.
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:50.190
  • WE DECIDE TO GO BACK TO USING,
  • 00:18:50.210 --> 00:18:54.270
  • AND WHATEVER WE WERE DOING PRIOR,
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:57.240
  • WE DECIDE TO DO THAT, THEN WE JUST GONNA
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:19:00.030
  • BE RIGHT BACK DOWN THE SAME ROAD.
  • 00:19:00.050 --> 00:19:01.240
  • WE DECIDE TO CHANGE OUR LIFE, IT CAN BE DONE.
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:06.060
  • - THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR.
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:17.090
  • BERNARD IS MORE FREE THAN HE'S EVER BEEN, AND,
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:22.050
  • THE REASON FOR THAT IS MULTIFACETED.
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:27.070
  • NUMBER ONE, HE IS OUT OF JAIL, THAT'S GOOD.
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:31.090
  • NUMBER TWO, HE'S TAKING CARE OF HIS FAMILY,
  • 00:19:31.110 --> 00:19:33.080
  • AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR BERNARD.
  • 00:19:33.100 --> 00:19:36.140
  • NUMBER THREE, HE HAS TAKEN
  • 00:19:36.160 --> 00:19:39.110
  • THAT 800 POUND GORILLA ON HIS BACK,
  • 00:19:39.130 --> 00:19:41.280
  • THAT WE MAY REFER TO AS ADDICTION,
  • 00:19:42.000 --> 00:19:45.020
  • AND HE HAS IT AT BAY.
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:47.220
  • ONE THING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE
  • 00:19:47.240 --> 00:19:50.260
  • IS THAT SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER,
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:53.080
  • OR ADDICTION AS WE USED TO CALL IT,
  • 00:19:53.100 --> 00:19:55.090
  • IS A LOT LIKE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE,
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:57.020
  • IT'S A LOT LIKE DIABETES.
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:59.110
  • YOU'RE NEVER CURED.
  • 00:19:59.130 --> 00:20:01.150
  • YOU MAY HAVE IT UNDER CONTROL, YOU MAY HAVE IT IN REMISSION
  • 00:20:01.170 --> 00:20:04.190
  • BUT IF YOU DON'T DO WHAT YOU NEED TO,
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:06.180
  • BE THAT EATING PROPERLY AS A DIABETIC,
  • 00:20:06.200 --> 00:20:09.160
  • TAKING YOUR MEDICINE AS A HYPERTENSIVE INDIVIDUAL,
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:13.050
  • OR STAYING IN TREATMENT, AA, CELEBRATE RECOVERY, NA,
  • 00:20:13.070 --> 00:20:17.170
  • INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS, GROUP THERAPY,
  • 00:20:17.190 --> 00:20:19.220
  • WHATEVER IT IS THAT MAY BE NEEDED AT THE TIME;
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:22.040
  • THEN YOU'RE REALLY NOT GOING TO SUCCEED.
  • 00:20:22.060 --> 00:20:25.230
  • SO FOR BERNARD, HE HAS ALL OF THOSE COMPONENTS IN PLACE
  • 00:20:25.250 --> 00:20:30.000
  • AND HE'S AT A PLACE IN HIS LIFE
  • 00:20:30.020 --> 00:20:32.240
  • WHERE HE REALLY DOES NOT HAVE TO LOOK OVER HIS SHOULDER.
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:36.260
  • HE KNOWS THAT HE'S DOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:41.150
  • AND THAT ALLOWS HIM TO LIVE FREE.
  • 00:20:41.170 --> 00:20:44.150
  • (INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC)
  • 00:20:44.170 --> 00:20:47.090
  • - AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE
  • 00:20:47.110 --> 00:20:49.140
  • TEND TO NOT THINK ABOUT IN THE LONG TERM CORRECTION IS,
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:54.120
  • MOST OF THEM HAVE CHILDREN.
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  • IF WE CAN BREAK THAT CYCLE OF INCARCERATION,
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  • THEN WE'VE DONE SOMETHING.
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  • BECAUSE NOT ONLY ARE WE WORKING WITH THIS GENERATION,
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  • WE'RE WORKING WITH THEIR CHILDREN ALSO.
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  • (INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC)
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  • - WHEN I HEAR THE WORD FREEDOM,
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  • THAT'S A PRECIOUS WORD, FREEDOM IS.
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  • BUT WITH FREEDOM ALSO COMES INCREDIBLE RESPONSIBILITY.
  • 00:21:25.200 --> 00:21:29.160
  • - WHEN I THINK OF FREEDOM, WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT?
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  • BEING ABLE TO WALK AROUND IN THE FREE WORLD,
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  • THAT'S HONESTLY...
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  • BEING ABLE TO LOOK UP AT THE CLEAR SKY,
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  • THE GRASS ON THE GROUND.
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  • THAT'S MY IDEAL OF FREEDOM.
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:48.090
  • - THAT'S WHAT FREEDOM IS: IT'S A DEAR THING
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  • THAT COMES WITH RESPONSIBILITY.
  • 00:21:50.260 --> 00:21:54.130
  • - THE JUDGE IS JUDGE KOCUREK,
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  • THIS IS TRAVIS COUNTY, 390TH DISTRICT COURT.
  • 00:21:56.220 --> 00:21:59.290
  • "AS A DISTRICT JUDGE, I AM PARTICULARLY INTERESTED
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  • "IN GROUPS THAT SEEK TO IMPROVE THE LIVES
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  • "OF YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY.
  • 00:22:05.270 --> 00:22:07.170
  • "THROUGH MY EXPERIENCE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM,
  • 00:22:07.190 --> 00:22:11.100
  • "I REALIZE THAT THE BEST TIME
  • 00:22:11.120 --> 00:22:13.210
  • "TO EFFECT A CHANGE IN CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
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  • "IS DURING THE YEARS OF YOUTH AND ADOLESCENCE.
  • 00:22:16.140 --> 00:22:19.170
  • "THESE YOUNG MEN NEED DIRECTION AND CARE,
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  • "AND TEAM FOCUS PROVIDES THIS.
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  • "THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION,
  • 00:22:24.230 --> 00:22:26.270
  • "THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT MATTER.
  • 00:22:26.290 --> 00:22:29.090
  • "SINCERELY, JUDGE JULIE KOCUREK."
  • 00:22:29.110 --> 00:22:34.120
  • - THE STATISTICS ON FATHERLESSNESS
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  • AND INCARCERATION ARE INCREDIBLE.
  • 00:22:38.100 --> 00:22:41.060
  • IN TEXAS,
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  • 80% OF JUVENILE VIOLENT CRIME
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  • ARE PERPETRATED BY YOUNG MEN WITHOUT FATHERS.
  • 00:22:47.280 --> 00:22:53.120
  • IN TEXAS,
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  • 70% OF ALL MEN IN PRISON
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  • GREW UP WITHOUT A FATHER.
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  • THE INFLUENCE OF A FATHER
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  • AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A DAD
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  • SOMEHOW IS LITERALLY CENTRAL TO THIS.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:15.040
  • - IT'S LIKE, I GUESS IT'S JUST LIKE A REVOLVING DOOR.
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  • FOUR, FIVE, UNCLES; SIX TO EIGHT COUSINS;
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  • TWO BROTHERS;
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  • ONE GRANDPA; AND A DAD.
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  • (INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC)
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  • IT'S ALWAYS THE SMALL THINGS THAT
  • 00:23:40.150 --> 00:23:46.040
  • PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:23:46.060 --> 00:23:47.210
  • NOT ALWAYS THE BIG THINGS.
  • 00:23:47.230 --> 00:23:49.240
  • - THAT'S IT, NOW KEEP THIS ELBOW STRAIGHT
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  • AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
  • 00:23:52.220 --> 00:23:54.040
  • (LAUGHING)
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  • AND YOUR, THAT'S IT.
  • 00:23:56.040 --> 00:23:59.220
  • (LAUGHING HEARTILY)
  • 00:23:59.240 --> 00:24:02.130
  • - THAT BONDING TIME, THAT TEACHING YOU RIGHT FROM WRONG,
  • 00:24:02.150 --> 00:24:07.270
  • THAT KIND OF, THE THING THAT I WAS MISSING.
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:11.060
  • BEING THERE AT MY, ALL OF MY SPORTS EVENTS GROWING UP,
  • 00:24:11.080 --> 00:24:14.220
  • OR READING MY REPORT CARDS, ALL TYPE OF STUFF, JUST,
  • 00:24:14.240 --> 00:24:17.170
  • HE WAS JUST THERE, MAN, HE WAS THERE.
  • 00:24:17.190 --> 00:24:20.020
  • - AND SO THE FRONT'S, THE SAME SWING,
  • 00:24:20.040 --> 00:24:21.270
  • EXCEPT NOW IT'S A SMALLER CLUB,
  • 00:24:21.290 --> 00:24:25.290
  • AND SO THE BALL WON'T GO AS FAR.
  • 00:24:26.010 --> 00:24:28.200
  • IN THE BEGINNING IT WASN'T ABOUT PRISON AT ALL,
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:31.240
  • IT WAS ABOUT BEING INVOLVED IN THE YOUNG MAN'S LIFE.
  • 00:24:31.260 --> 00:24:34.250
  • BUT THE MOMS WOULD BE FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION,
  • 00:24:34.270 --> 00:24:37.190
  • AND: HIS FATHER IS IN PRISON, HIS FATHER IS IN PRISON.
  • 00:24:37.210 --> 00:24:42.240
  • THAT'S WHEN IT DAWNED ON ME, IT DIDN'T START THERE.
  • 00:24:42.260 --> 00:24:47.150
  • IT CAME AFTER I STARTED.
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  • THAT'S IT, THAT'S BETTER! (LAUGHING)
  • 00:24:49.160 --> 00:24:52.210
  • WE SAW HIM GO THROUGH SOME SERIOUS STRUGGLES.
  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:57.140
  • IT WAS A WEAPONS-RELATED CHARGE
  • 00:24:57.160 --> 00:25:02.240
  • AND A DRUG CHARGE COMBINED,
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:05.150
  • CLASS A FELONY.
  • 00:25:05.170 --> 00:25:07.010
  • AND WE'RE JUST DETERMINED NOT TO LET HIM GO DOWN THAT PATH.
  • 00:25:07.030 --> 00:25:12.200
  • NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN UNTIL HE DECIDED
  • 00:25:12.220 --> 00:25:15.090
  • THAT IT WAS TIME TO GET RIGHT.
  • 00:25:15.110 --> 00:25:17.010
  • HE TOLD ME ONCE THAT THE THING THAT CAUSED IT TO SNAP
  • 00:25:17.030 --> 00:25:21.090
  • WAS WHEN I WENT TO SEE HIM IN JAIL.
  • 00:25:21.110 --> 00:25:23.190
  • WE WERE SITTING IN THAT LITTLE BOOTH
  • 00:25:23.210 --> 00:25:25.170
  • AND I'M LOOKING THROUGH THAT WINDOW
  • 00:25:25.190 --> 00:25:27.110
  • AT HIM IN STRIPED OVERALLS,
  • 00:25:27.130 --> 00:25:31.190
  • AND HE SAID WHEN HE SAW UNCLE B,
  • 00:25:31.210 --> 00:25:35.060
  • HE KNEW THAT SOMETHING WAS GONNA HAVE TO CHANGE.
  • 00:25:35.080 --> 00:25:38.250
  • I LEFT THERE IN TEARS.
  • 00:25:38.270 --> 00:25:42.020
  • AND HE LEFT A CHANGED MAN.
  • 00:25:42.040 --> 00:25:44.190
  • (HOPEFUL MUSIC)
  • 00:25:44.210 --> 00:25:49.060
  • - OUR PET CHAPTER IS EZEKIEL 18:
  • 00:25:49.080 --> 00:25:52.130
  • "WE SHALL LIVE AS RIGHTEOUS MEN."
  • 00:25:52.150 --> 00:25:54.200
  • AND IF YOU READ EZEKIEL 18,
  • 00:25:54.220 --> 00:25:59.050
  • YOU SEE THE CONTRAST
  • 00:25:59.070 --> 00:26:01.220
  • (HOPEFUL MUSIC)
  • 00:26:01.240 --> 00:26:09.130
  • BETWEEN THOSE WHO LIVE RIGHTEOUS LIVES AND WILL SURELY LIVE,
  • 00:26:09.150 --> 00:26:13.150
  • AND THOSE WHO LIVE WICKED LIVES, AND WILL SURELY DIE.
  • 00:26:13.170 --> 00:26:20.110
  • IF WE'RE ABLE TO HELP THESE GUYS
  • 00:26:20.130 --> 00:26:26.010
  • LIVE RIGHTEOUS LIVES,
  • 00:26:26.030 --> 00:26:27.250
  • THEN THEY WILL LIVE.
  • 00:26:27.270 --> 00:26:31.150
  • - YOU KNOW I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP WITH THE
  • 00:26:31.170 --> 00:26:35.090
  • HORRIBLE PROBLEM OF RECIDIVISM,
  • 00:26:35.110 --> 00:26:39.110
  • HELP, UNLESS WE
  • 00:26:39.130 --> 00:26:43.120
  • GET IN THE FIGHT.
  • 00:26:43.140 --> 00:26:46.140
  • - I DON'T THINK ANYBODY EVER WANTS
  • 00:26:46.160 --> 00:26:48.100
  • TO BE KNOWN BY THE WORST MISTAKE IN THEIR LIVES.
  • 00:26:48.120 --> 00:26:51.170
  • - I THINK REALLY CHANGING FOR THIS ISSUE
  • 00:26:51.190 --> 00:26:55.270
  • HAPPENS ON A PERSON TO PERSON LEVEL.
  • 00:26:55.290 --> 00:26:58.160
  • - BUT THE PROBLEM IS REALLY PEOPLE CARING.
  • 00:26:58.180 --> 00:27:01.170
  • BECAUSE WE GET SO INVOLVED IN TAKING CARE
  • 00:27:01.190 --> 00:27:03.220
  • OF WHATEVER WE'RE TAKING CARE OF,
  • 00:27:03.240 --> 00:27:05.230
  • THAT WE'RE JUST IGNORING THOSE WHO NEED US.
  • 00:27:05.250 --> 00:27:08.090
  • - I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT MAN IS BETTER
  • 00:27:08.110 --> 00:27:10.120
  • THAN HIS WORST MISTAKES,
  • 00:27:10.140 --> 00:27:11.250
  • THROUGH WHAT CHRIST HAS SHED HIS BLOOD FOR.
  • 00:27:11.270 --> 00:27:14.210
  • - CORRECTIONS CAN'T DO IT ALL.
  • 00:27:14.230 --> 00:27:16.200
  • THE COMMUNITY HAS GOT TO EMBRACE THESE FOLKS
  • 00:27:16.220 --> 00:27:19.090
  • TO BRING THEM HOME.
  • 00:27:19.110 --> 00:27:20.290
  • - YOU HAVE TO MEET THEM AT THE GATE
  • 00:27:21.010 --> 00:27:23.110
  • AND HELP WITH THOSE, THOSE JUST BASIC THINGS.
  • 00:27:23.130 --> 00:27:26.150
  • TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, GETTING THAT JOB,
  • 00:27:26.170 --> 00:27:29.270
  • GETTING INVOLVED IN TREATMENT.
  • 00:27:29.290 --> 00:27:31.180
  • - THAT IF YOU WANNA TAKE UP THE CAUSE
  • 00:27:31.200 --> 00:27:33.050
  • OF THE PERSON THAT HAS BEEN UNJUSTLY TREATED,
  • 00:27:33.070 --> 00:27:35.230
  • THAT'S AS SIMPLE AS GETTING INVOLVED
  • 00:27:35.250 --> 00:27:37.070
  • WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
  • 00:27:37.090 --> 00:27:39.080
  • AND YOU START THE PROCESS OF ADVOCATING.
  • 00:27:39.100 --> 00:27:40.260
  • IF YOU WANNA BE INVOLVED WITH HELPING THAT PERSON
  • 00:27:40.280 --> 00:27:43.170
  • BE A BETTER PARENT WHILE THEY'RE INCARCERATED,
  • 00:27:43.190 --> 00:27:46.030
  • THAT CAN BE DONE THROUGH AN AFTERNOON
  • 00:27:46.050 --> 00:27:48.170
  • OF PARTICIPATION WITH AN ANGEL TREE PROGRAM.
  • 00:27:48.190 --> 00:27:51.060
  • THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO ENGAGE
  • 00:27:51.080 --> 00:27:53.120
  • BUT THERE'S NO REASON FOR PEOPLE TO BE INTIMIDATED.
  • 00:27:53.140 --> 00:27:56.180
  • WE MAKE IT VERY EASY AT THE ENTRY POINT
  • 00:27:56.200 --> 00:27:58.270
  • FOR PEOPLE TO START AT WHATEVER LEVEL FITS WITH THEM
  • 00:27:58.290 --> 00:28:02.170
  • TO USE THEIR EXPERIENCE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:28:02.190 --> 00:28:05.030
  • - I DON'T WANT TO BE JUDGED
  • 00:28:05.050 --> 00:28:06.110
  • ON THE ONE THING THAT GOT ME HERE,
  • 00:28:06.130 --> 00:28:08.120
  • I WANT TO BE JUDGED ON WHAT I'M DOING
  • 00:28:08.140 --> 00:28:10.130
  • AND GIVING BACK BECAUSE OF WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR ME.
  • 00:28:10.150 --> 00:28:15.080
  • - AS A CHRISTIAN I'M VERY PROUD OF THE FACT
  • 00:28:15.100 --> 00:28:18.160
  • THAT GOD GAVE ME A SECOND CHANCE, CERTAINLY.
  • 00:28:18.180 --> 00:28:24.150
  • THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE.
  • 00:28:24.170 --> 00:28:27.010
  • THEY NEED AND DESERVE A SECOND CHANCE,
  • 00:28:27.030 --> 00:28:30.250
  • AND IF GIVEN THAT SECOND CHANCE,
  • 00:28:30.270 --> 00:28:33.120
  • THEN THEY CAN LIVE AS RIGHTEOUS MEN.
  • 00:28:33.140 --> 00:28:36.130
  • THEY CAN HAVE HOLY, PRODUCTIVE LIVES,
  • 00:28:36.150 --> 00:28:40.130
  • THEY CAN BE THE FATHERS TO THE CHILDREN
  • 00:28:40.150 --> 00:28:42.200
  • THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE.
  • 00:28:42.220 --> 00:28:46.290
  • THEY CAN BE JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE
  • 00:28:47.010 --> 00:28:49.050
  • WHO GOT THAT SECOND CHANCE.
  • 00:28:49.070 --> 00:28:51.260
  • (INTROSPECTIVE MUSIC)
  • 00:28:51.280 --> 00:28:52.270