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7-70 Blog

A blog about news and issues concerning men and women returning to society after incarceration.

Compassion and Kinship: Fr Gregory Boyle at TEDxConejo 2012

This moving talk shows how compassion should be and can be worn.  I wanted his talk to be part of the 7-70 web site because it sums up what we want to be;  Crist like servants, setting aside all judgement, demonstrating the grace God has blessed us with.  http://www.homeboyindustries.org/

 

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The Uphill Climb

The video, from The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, is worth watching.  It emphasizes some common barriers that people face trying to reenter society after prison.  The subject’s story is a common one, I find.  After getting out, men and women have good intentions and want to start over, desiring to live their lives crime free but encounter barriers like discrimination, prejudice, unforgiveness and mistrust.  These barriers are so formidable that going back to prison seems more attractive…

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Blessed Are The Base

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen… 2 Cor 1:28

Brother E. preached and the prisoners listened.  Some mouths were open, some clamped tightly shut but no one fidgeted and every eye was fixed on him.  Brother E's words hit them like bullets that no armor could stop. Their effect was so apparent that I could hear the thud each made as it penetrated their hearts.  Their eyes, many filling with tears, broadcast their thoughts; I need to change, each said.…

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Oprah's Interview with Shaka Senghor

This is a wonderful story. It's good because it demonstrates that a person who makes up his or her mind to turn their lives around can do it. Unfortunately, success is rare.  Many people aren't willing to give someone like Mr. Senghor a second or third chance. Prejudice runs deep against men in dreds and tattoos.  It runs even deeper if they've gone to prison.

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Why We Started 7-70

Seneca Crane: Everyone likes an underdog. 
President Snow: I don't.

 – From The Hunger Games

Besides President Snow, who doesn’t love underdogs? Who didn’t cheer for the misfit Cleveland Indians in Major League?  How about Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice?  How about them Cubs?  I love underdogs.

It’s because we love underdogs that my wife, a few good friends and I created 7-70 Re-entry Services.  We serve men and women getting out of prison.  These returning...

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