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New convictions

Cover story | Some conservatives say local successes show it’s possible to decrease the prison population without endangering public safety
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/09/17, 10:55 pm

When Scott Huffman landed in a Louisiana prison in 2008, he knew he faced five years away from his 3-year-old son, a battle with a drug habit, and the company of other convicted criminals.

What he didn’t know: A Christmas Day fight, a prison chapel, and an encounter with a group of 10 deaf inmates would lead to a new life.

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From Hollywood to prison reform

Q&A | Seeking rehabilitation, restoration, and reduction in U.S. prisons
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/07/17, 10:25 pm

James Ackerman last year became the president and CEO of Prison Fellowship. Previously, he was an executive at media companies including A&E Television Networks, British Sky Broadcasting, Documentary Channel, and Broadway Systems. Here are edited excerpts of our Q&A in front of students at Patrick Henry College.

You grew up in La La Land.

My father was the executive producer of many sitcoms, including Bewitched, Dennis the Menace, Gidget, and The Flying Nun.

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Insider injustices

Features | The tragedy of American criminal injustice
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 5/01/17, 02:41 pm

Liberals and conservatives both say our prison system costs too much. That’s true, but the real problem is not their expense in dollars but their cost in time, spiritual loss, and family destruction.

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