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Today I went to a lifer parole hearing in Massachusetts, billed as the ultimate opportunity for second chances. But as so often happens, I left feeling that the person seeking parole will not get a shot to serve the rest of his sentence in the community. In other words, his original crime will defeat his transformation, and his missteps will be held against him in a way that those of us not on parole will never experience in our lifetimes.

In the free world, if you are a recovering alcoholic and you take a drink, say because your mother died…

Jean Trounstine

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