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January 29, 2007


In this day and age of repressiveness in our prison systems it is with a breath of fresh air to see a state prison launch a program such as you described at Lipscomb University.

I'm kind of preferential to the name Lipscomb. It was a 24 yr. old prison school teacher named Mary Lipscomb who told me "God could change your life." some 34 years ago. I was serving 25 years for bank robbery at the time. She was right and He did. I went on to participate in the college program there at the U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. One unique part of the program was that students (men and women) from the local college came in to the prison to take their courses alongside the inmates in the program.

I Left Prison Behind (johnthomson.blogspot.com) 29 years ago. Oh, and one thing more; Mary Lipscomb has been Mary Thomson, my wife for the past 26 years.

Inmates are not the whole problem. What about Society 101 where the public learns to help a former prison inmate with jobs by showing no partiality. Former inmates want to work but with probation restrictions and a state or federal file that follows them the majority of people look the other way.

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