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SocialJusticeisBiblicallybased Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago.   Favorite
If you took the time to read this post...please take time to sign the is time for change. FJP

Serena Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago.   Favorite
Hi James,
I just read your recent letter and was compelled to write you because I also have a deceased mother and brother and also am the youngest of 4. Though it would’ve been 5 too but my other brother died right before birth. If you don’t mind me did you mother and brother pass. My mom died from cancer and my brother committed suicide this past December. That one hit me hard cuz we were close. I was also close with my mom but at least I had time to prepare for her death. Though it still sucked and still was very hard. I have 2 kids and I am blessed to have them. They are the only thing keeping me from doin anything stupid....


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SocialJusticeisBiblicallybased Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago.   Favorite
I agree whole heartedly that non-violent offenders must be released to reduce the population.

But I also believe that those who have one felony on their record...a crime of passion...a one time act of violence...should be assessed for rehabilitation after ten years. Most one time violent offenders made a serious mistake that amounts to one bad decision...five minutes of their life really...that may not have happened had even one circumstance been changed.

This problem is not isolated in Mississippi. It is the status quo across much of America. California has taken a much different approach to rehabilitation...and should be looked at as a model for change. My deepest condolences to every family who has suffered for this crisis of mass incarceration. I pray the families of victims might open their hearts to mercy and compassion for the perpetrators of the crime that affected them for all their life.

I appreciate the social justice you represent Charles and I applaud Between the Bars for publishing your exposes.

Your brother, FJP

joannef@5600 Posted 3 weeks ago.   Favorite
Hi John,

This is Joanne Davis. Since Jeannine passed I have had no news on how you are doing. So how are you? We have lost so many of the old gang. I miss Jeannine every day she was such a great friend. I Don't know if you will ever get this. I was cleaning my desk at work and just came across the contact info.

Hope you well, Love Joanne

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Guy S. Alexander Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago.   Favorite
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tenzintenzin Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago.   Favorite
Hello Douglas
I cheated, I googled it.
Here’s my riddle, it is known as the riddle of the Sphinx, it is two thousand years old and was engraved on the artefact in Egypt.

What has four legs in the morning,
Two legs in the afternoon,
And three legs in the evening?

All the best

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Michelle-Julia Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago.   Favorite
Hi Douglas,

How are you doing? We hope you're doing well.
We have been thinking about your riddle and we think the answer might be a drawbridge. Are we correct? If not, please tell us the correct answer.
By the way we aren't native, so if drawbridge is not the correct term, please forgive us.

We thought you might like a new riddle. Please let us know if you come up with the answer.
Here it is:

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

Until next time, Michelle & Julia

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Mgarci1184 Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago.   Favorite
😢 so sad....

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Erne2017SPO-T Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago.   Favorite
It sure does click. We call them Cognitions. Yes WG we have all come a long journey to get where we are at to have the truth revealed to the beings that seek it. Thanks for all the work you have done to wake up the amnesiacs. Sure wish we could help Destiny.

Thanks to you I am helping inmates in 7 states now. Getting reaches out of the woodwork.

Keep on Trucking my Friend. Postulates create our lives and the world. Make them stick. A to B. Thought is Boss. This is more than a Million Man is a World march for all of us to live a truly happy life.
Much love,

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SocialJusticeisBiblicallybased Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago.   Favorite
Empathy and Me from Father John

Sometimes scriptures simply make me smile. What is it about smiling naturally that give us a feeling of well-being? Some scientist could probably tell me, but I prefer to feel the mystery; some call this the ‘love’ of Christ and others the ‘peace’ of Christ.

“Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.” -Hebrews 13:3

This makes me smile reminding me of my Sunday Mass at prison and my frequent consideration of the charism of empathy. Empathy is not feeling sorry for someone; that’s sympathy. Empathy is from the Greek roots, ‘em’ for in and ‘pathy’ for feelings. “In feelings” with the other means sharing their feelings: be they joy, or sorrow, and anywhere in between, confused, contented, prayerful, or convicted.

Now empathy is a charism but is also a challenge. Sometimes at the prison you may encounter great what’s a guy gonna do with that? Human intellect tells us sadness is the normal mode of a prison environment; but sometimes it’s much deeper than that; like abandonment, and that certain act that breaches sin, despair or hopelessness.

Despair is a sin because as human beings, we are gifted from God: grace in the supernatural virtues of faith, hope, and love. Turning our back to faith, or hope, or love, is to turn from God. Instead of using empathy with despair, we imitate Christ and help the other carry their cross and to accept the grace offered without condition, without cost. Only by joining our suffering or pain to the suffering paid on the Cross, we might make sense of life’s hardest times.

I understand torture, as mentioned by the letter to the Hebrews, still exists in a time we consider ourselves to be past ‘all that.’ It is “solitary confinement,” practiced as Restricted Housing, Segregated Housing, and by other names. Sensory deprivation is sometimes real. Often fluorescent lights are never extinguished 24/7 (for the video cam). You have no right to your religion, although you can see a spiritual chaplain (rarely a Catholic!). You have no right to Mass or any special program, and if you are blessed, you'll get 3 showers a week. You will eat in your tiny cell the state approved number of calories. If you’re in the ‘hole’ (disciplinary), don’t expect TV or books.

Victims of crime need our constant sympathy, prayers, and support. Nevertheless, the glory of God’s creation shines brightly in our imaginations where: even though a prisoner might be serving a just sentence according to civil law for a terrible decision, we still empathize with them being treated with less than the dignity, and value, and worth, God desires for all His children.

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