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If incarceration, the crown jewel of the criminal justice system is such an effective tool in the arsenal of justice, why wasn’t Richard Nixon prosecuted and sent to prison for his crimes. Was his offenses less destructive or was he given special privileges? If he can be pardoned before prosecution, what about those across the country being sent off the jails and prisons in the name of justice. This is supposed to be a nation of law and order, but it is obvious that justice for all is a strange little myth written on buildings in Washington, D.C. I could literally name various individuals who were afforded special treatment in prior justice encounters. Their names and crimes are usually reflected in some small news item, or they never make it to the newspaper at all. If you or I commit an offense it becomes an immediate public record and is often used as fodder for the gossip mills. How does that work? If I close my eyes to what is occurring around me, it will not be long until these events overtake some member of my family. Then I am battling against the system from the inside out. Talk to your neighbors and friends. Talk and listen to their stories. It is happening all around us. If you cannot find someone in your circle of family and friends, contact DISMAS PROJECT and we will put you in touch with nice, law abiding, productive citizens around the country going though this experience today. It is not a question about others who have been branded criminals. It is about us, we the people. Somehow the concept of forgiveness has been pushed aside in the rush to punish. I do not advocate being soft on crime, my thoughts focus up the Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.”

 
 

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