Thursday, January 17, 2008

J.M. Benjamin Interview Online

If you missed Tuesday's NJN interview with Plainfield author J.M. Benjamin, you can see it online here for a while. It will also be on NJN Channel 23 on Comcast at 11:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18, 2008).

In a city where hundreds of parolees come home each year, J.M. Benjamin is a good example of how to make positive, life-changing decisions. In the interview, he cites a book by Randy Kearse, "Changin' Your Game Plan," that offers a way to use incarceration for redemption.

Among Plainfield's very diverse population, a significant number of people are dealing with issues of incarceration or having a family member or loved one incarcerated. It's easy to dismiss people who made bad choices, but these individuals are our neighbors and need our acknowledgement and encouragement to find new ways to make money and rejoin the community.

Thanks to J.M. Benjamin for telling us how he learned to make new choices.

--Bernice Paglia


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