Program for inmates should be considered here

Former Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Cathy Malloy speak with inmates inside institutions that highlight the T.R.U.E. program.

“Providing inmates with education, training, addiction services and other resources is money well spent.”

“Improving the way inmates are treated in prison will influence their success when they return to society,” said John E. Wetzel, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. “Accountability does not mean oppression,” Wetzel said. “It doesn’t have to mean creating horrible conditions that further damage and traumatize people, when part of the reason why they are in here is because they are damaged and traumatized.”

Truthfulness, to oneself and others. Respectfulness, toward community. Understanding, ourselves and what caused lockup.

Elevating, into success. Connecticut’s prison population has shrunk by 30 percent which Mike Lawlor, undersecretary of the Department of Corrections, attributed to fewer arrests and prison admissions.

Now other states look to rehabilitation for criminal justice, said Michael Smith, executive director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Smith said of T.R.U.E., “This is common sense; treat people with hope and dignity.”

Everyone needs a helping hand, whether that comes in the form of a rehabilitation program, a therapist, a life-skill class, a correctional officer or even a mentor. Thank you, Warden Scott Erfe, Cheshire Correctional Institution in Connecticut, who stepped up with useful resources and a safe environment that impacted and rehabilitated more healthy lifestyle changes. Pray our Hawaii Department of Public Safety and Gov. David Ige provide the Hawaii Rehabilitation Facility.

Henrietta Pua Hashimoto

Wailuku

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