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Letters: Ex-cons deserve a second chance

September 19, 2013

Re "No repeat offenders," Opinion, Sept. 16

Lois Davis makes an excellent point: Rehabilitation programs in prison can reduce recidivism.

I have had the honor of helping my friend, a lawyer who represents prisoners serving life sentences at their parole hearings. These men and women were fortunate in that they could take advantage of educational, vocational, spiritual and self-help programs while incarcerated.

I have seen firsthand the positive impact of correctional education programs. Inmates obtain GEDs, college degrees and vocational skills. Unfortunately, not all institutions offer these opportunities.

Such programs can make all the difference to inmates, their families and to society. They produce productive citizens who do not commit repeat offenses, and they should be expanded.

Joanne Cohen

Sherman Oaks

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