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Proposal to educate prisoners will benefit society, save money

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It’s not one of the more famous scenes from the 1994 classic film “The Shawshank Redemption,” but it’s one that’s stuck with me. Brooks Hatlen, a criminal in prison for over 50 years, is awarded parole and walks out of the prison gates. But finding it impossible to adjust to the outside world after a half-century in jail, he hangs himself after just a short time after being released. The lesson: It’s hard in the ...

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