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Here’s a story of change

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From page A6 | December 18, 2013 | 3 Comments

The following story is from my student at Corcoran State Prison. He is on a correspondence course through the Criminon Program and wanted his statement printed somewhere so he could have a copy. This is what he said:
“This course — the ‘Way to Happiness’ — has changed me to be a better person. It has showed me the true values of life and what it takes to be a much better, loving individual. I have learned that life is not problem-free. We will always have problems and dealing with them without getting angry will help me overcome them.

“I have learned to treat others with respect and (that’s) the way they treat me. I noticed a great difference. I noticed that I have a lot more friends (who) love being around me because of the person I am now. They treat me the way I treat them.

“I have learned to always be honest and truthful no matter the situation and all will turn out well.

“I now have a better relationship with my family because there has been a great change in my life. I have opened up my heart to them and showed them everything I have learned in this course, asking them forgiveness for (being) a negative, evil person all my life.

“My sister has seen the change in me (and) she has offered me a home and a full-time job once I’m released.

“This course and my sponsor have taught me the great values of life and the good things that come with it once you learn how to be happy.

“I want to thank my sponsor, Diane S., for being there for me.”

You’re welcome, Gilbert, and Merry Christmas to you.

Diane Swann
Davis

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  • Jim LeonardDecember 18, 2013 - 8:45 am

    Cool letter! Exciting to know such a course exists.

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  • Very good.December 18, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this.

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  • greg johnsonDecember 18, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    I once bought a property from a guy who had rehabbed it with his brother. It was a small apartment and he had placed the tenants and offered to manage it. He seemed legit and I took him up on it. As time went on, he seemed to get screwy and was always short on the rent, telling me that some tenant was flaky or some repair needed. I eventually realized he was a crook, and fired him. Within a short time, he went to prison for dealing drugs and some kind of fraud charges. I googled his name about a year later, and saw a mugshot (I had never met him personally as the property was out of state). One of the google hits right beneath his mugshot was a story from a newspaper (I believe in Juneau, Alaska) about the same man and how he had been converted from a bitter man through some art program for prisoners. This took place before he had "gone straight" and got into real estate. You can google "Ted Zennie" and find the criminal mugshot, and the story of his previous transformation. I know people can change and I hope this is the case with this young man, but things aren't always as rosy as they seem. I was struck by this letter when I read it and thought I'd share my parallel experience.

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