For all the contentious, divisive issues that have recently dominated national headlines, there is one policy issue that continues to receive broad, bipartisan support—the need for meaningful sentencing and corrections reforms in the United States. And with new efforts by President Obama to highlight the need for changes, the time may be right for a significant transformation in how we view prisons and the men and women inside them.
Back when he was an impulsive young man, Aaron got high on LSD and alcohol and shot a man to death. It was only when he woke up the next day that he realized what he had done.
Faced with a life sentence, Aaron could have descended into despair and hopelessness.