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"Freedom to Choose" Prison Experience

By Betsy Russell


After speaking to my father about my experience with the male inmates last weekend at Valley State Prison, he asked me to write about it. I told him I didn’t know if I could put into words the profound way these 150 men changed my life forever. 


I avoided my computer, the task too big, the emotions still lingering. How could I explain a feeling so deep and a connection with murderers so strong? How could I explain that after last weekend I know for sure that we are all the same. Only circumstances and choices separate us. It could have been my father in there, my son or my brother. I couldn’t let the opportunity escape me. Father knows best and I needed to find the words and write.


When I began my education in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica in 2007, I could sense my life was on ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.

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