Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dear Friends,

Maryann has been sending me all the wonderful letters you’ve been writing to Governor Granholm and the Parole and Commutations Board on my behalf. I must say, you have convinced me — I really am amazing.

OK, I resort to humor because I’m embarrassed by the riches of your friendship and can’t find words to say how thankful and humbled I am by the fact that you are willing to speak out for me as you have and by the unfailing eloquence of every letter I’ve read. So thank you once again for your support — both moral and actual.

In other news, the ethics group here has been approved as an official Department of Corrections group. Up to this point, we have functioned with local approval as basically a class/workshop on ethics. This was amazingly fruitful but now we’re able to have more meeting space — twice a week — and a cabinet to keep our books, records, etc. We’re using our second weekly meeting as a video discussion group so if any of you see any videos you think will suit us, send us the name and where we can find them.

I also want to say that if anyone wants to send a message to the group to encourage the men in it, we would love to hear from you. You can email it via Maryann or send it to me via snail mail and I’ll read it to the group. Many of the men have no contact outside prison and would appreciate any word.

Lately this has been my full-time job — working to organize things here, to create a starter kit for other prisons (or anyone) to use to start an ethics group, and deciding how to best spend the extra meeting time. We already have one request from a prison in Minnesota and I’m working directly with a prisoner there to start a project. I will keep you posted on this.

Well, thank you again for your letters, your love and your support. You are all invaluable to me and to Maryann. You’re true Friends.



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