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Last month, I attended the graduation ceremony for the first group of Death Row inmates to complete the Bridges To Life program. The Death Row facility at the Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas, houses men who have been found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to receive the death penalty. The nature of their criminal offenses along with the fortress in which they are housed creates a dark and eerie atmosphere for an outsider.

The highlight of any BTL graduation is the open mic portion when the inmate participants are encouraged to share their experience of the program and how they’ve changed. I have attended hundreds of BTL graduations over the years and heard thousands of graduate testimonies, but this open mic was different...

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