Ministry: Jail & Prison

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Radio Gaga with Prisoners

Have you ever been to jail or prison? I (Sal) have so far (not as an inmate, but a visitor) and I already have met people who have (as inmates), which is why I decided to do this homepage about this ministry topic.

The stories I hear make me sad! However, the stories vary from region to region. The stories I hear from outside of the U.S. makes jails/prisons in the U.S. sound like "Disney World"-some to a certain extent!

I would like to first make my first opinion-I don't like capitol punishments (more down below) as a "minority". I personally feel there is too many social injustice where many (majority minorities) are being persecuted (socially and physically) as "innocent"! There are "innocent" people being killed because of not enough evidence or for prejudice/racial reasons!

Related Links:

-Movies

  • Green Mile w/ Tom Hanks starring as a prision guard for a death row facility, where on of the prisoner that was going to be executed has some spiritual gift of healing (not the same as Jesus') Reviews: (1)
  • Last Castle w/Robert Redford starring as a prison inmate at a military "fort-like" prision that "keeps people in". This has some patriotic theme too!
  • Shawshank Redemption Trailer

  • Shawshank Redemption

    *I have this movie, one of my favorites!
    ..., starring Morgan Freeman as a inmate and ?, who is "innocent"-like the rest of the prisoners (well, a few or less) and finally escapes after the Warden (religious nut) hides the evidence to set him free!

    I personally don't feel that capital punishment of the death penalty is "right" because of the innocence of those inmates that haven't been really proven "guilty". The law can be very corrupted by man and causes innocent people-especially "minorities" in our nation to be falsely accussed!

    *Special Feature E-mail Forward*

  • Deadman Walking
  • *Special Related Feature Story

    Date: Thu, 20 Apr 00 11:56AM MDT
    From:
    To: BreakPoint by Charles Colson
    Subject: [breakpoint] Forgiving the Dead Man Walking, 4/19/2000

    BreakPoint Commentary #000419 - 4/19/2000
    Forgiving the Dead Man Walking: Christianity's Unique Witness
    by Charles Colson

    Dead Man Walking's gripping portrayal of a man on death row made it one of the most powerful films to come out of Hollywood in recent memory. But believe it or not, it only told half the story -- and it left out the best part.

    The power of Dead Man Walking was its portrayal of the inherent dignity and value of even a hardened criminal. But the story behind the story -- the story of the victim -- goes even further, depicting the uniquely Christian message of forgiveness.

    Sixteen-year-old Debbie Morris was out on a date with her boyfriend, Mark, one Friday evening. After pizza and a movie, they stopped for milkshakes.

    But when a stranger put a revolver to Mark's head, their pleasant night out turned into several hours of torture, rape, and attempted murder. It ended with Mark shot, but alive, and Debbie deeply wounded. But Debbie would not find true healing until she was able to comprehend and embrace the forgiveness only God can provide.

    Although the film Dead Man Walking depicted Debbie's kidnappers as one man, there were actually two: Robert Lee Willie and Joe Vaccaro. They kidnapped and robbed them, leaving Mark for dead. Before releasing Debbie, they tormented and raped her repeatedly.

    When the two men were captured, Vaccaro received five life sentences and, as the film showed, Willie was executed for his crimes -- he eventually admitted involvement in several murders, including butchering another girl.

    But Debbie's anguish did not end when Willie was sentenced to die. Despite those who urged her to "get on with her life," her emotional ordeal continued. As Debbie writes in her book, Forgiving the Dead Man Walking, "Justice doesn't really heal all the wounds."

    It was when Debbie found the grace to forgive Robert Willie, the day he was to be executed, that she finally knew release from suffering. In prayer -- for herself and for Willie -- she discovered that only God's grace is sufficient to bind up the wounds of the human heart.

    Forgiveness, you see, is much more than telling ourselves that an offense just doesn't matter anymore. On the contrary, forgiveness recognizes the debt for what it is.

    And it doesn't just liberate the debtor from his debt -- it transforms the heart of the one who forgives. In fact, forgiveness is an imitation of God's own act of forgiveness on the Cross. By forsaking what we are legitimately owed, we recognize that we, too, have been forgiven a debt we can never repay.

    And that's why true forgiveness is both a beacon and a scandal to the secular mind.

    Secular society has nothing that resembles the forgiveness that the Gospel makes possible, what Debbie Morris experienced.

    And it simply cannot make sense of parents who would forgive the killers of their children, like those murdered at Columbine, so much in the news this week. Remember those scenes, so vivid on television? Of the parents forgiving Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. Of the crosses on the side of the hill. Their forgiving witness is an unmistakable presentation of the transforming love of the Gospel.

    We may never be called to forgive an offense as grave as that inflicted on Debbie Morris -- or the families of Littleton, Colorado. But we must be prepared to forgive, not only for our own sakes, but for the sake of our Christian witness.

    And when we do, we give the world something better than a good movie plot -- we give them a glimpse of The Greatest Story Ever Told.

    A great resource on the topic of victims and forgiveness is the new book from Neighbors Who Care, entitled "God and the Victim", edited by Lisa Barnes Lampman -- with a foreword by Chuck Colson. Find it on our website at http://www.breakpoint.org .

    SPECIAL BROADCAST: We are rebroadcasting Chuck’s 1999 Easter Special “Light in the Darkness” this weekend! “Light in the Darkness” was recorded live in the New Jersey State Penitentiary last Easter. Go to http://www.icrn.com/Breakpoint , beginning Saturday, to listen.

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    For more on forgiveness...

    Death Penalty?

    I decided to do some research on the heated national political debate. I was asking God myself, which he ironically led me to this chapter in the Bible...

    "And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening."-Joshua 10

    Related Resources:

  • Almanac of Policy Issues, stats, facts, etc..
  • Death Penatly Info

  • Death Penalty and the Bible
  • Death sentences drop to 30-year low, The Associated Press Updated: 7:52 p.m. ET Nov. 14, 2004 (from MSNBC)
  • Death Penalty on Trial, from about.com

  • *" The conclusion: "There is evidence that discrimination exists against African-Americans at almost every stage of the criminal justice process." And it's not just the guilty who are being executed, we are also taking the lives of those who have been falsely convicted."

    RACISM

  • The Death Penalty in Black and White: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides, death penatly information center
  • Inherent Racism of the Death Penalty
  • The Lesson of Karla Faye Tucker, (2) from Christianity Today
  • The Other Side, a christian perspective that abhors capital punishment
  • STATE

    Books

  • Legacy of Violence Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota John D. Bessler (contact Hennepin County Bar Association) in upress

  • "He tells the story of the 1920 lynching in Duluth of three African-American circus workers—wrongfully accused of rape—and the anti-lynching crusade that followed."

    Current Issues

  • Fargo bishop says death penalty decision troubling By The Associated Press, The Associated Press October 29, 2004-Star Tribune

  • "Bishop Samuel Aquila released a statement after hearing North Dakota U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley's announcement that federal prosecutors would seek the death penalty for Rodriguez, 51, if he is convicted in the death (case sources: allinfoabout, about.com, in-forum) of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin.
    Rodriguez has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of kidnapping resulting in the death of Sjodin, 22, of Pequot Lakes, Minn. Her body was found in April near Crookston, Minn.
    Roman Catholic bishops in North Dakota and Minnesota had sent formal letters earlier to Attorney General John Ashcroft (contact U.S. Dept of Justice), Wrigley and Thomas Heffelfinger, opposing the death penalty.
    Neither North Dakota nor Minnesota currently imposes the death penalty for state crimes"

    History

  • Capitol Punishment-Minnesota History: Topic

  • "The State of Minnesota abolished capital punishment in 1911"
  • Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
  • Sex Offenders

  • Myths and Facts, from city of fargo
  • NATION

    Articles

  • 3 Reasons to Support
  • Legalized Murder: The Death Penalty Serves Revenge and Does Nothing to Solve Crime, from MIT (Massachussets-sp?)
  • Stats

  • US Death Row Statistics, Death Penalty Institute of Oklahoma
  • GLOBAL

  • Tsinoys express rage Cry justice for Betti Sy, Nov 24 2003-Manilla Times (Philippines)
  • Stats

  • China to review death sentences , with BBC rank
  • SINGAPORE The death penalty: A hidden toll of executions, from amnesty international
  • ""Put your sword back in its place, Jesus said to him, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."-Matthew 26:52

    Reccomended Resources

    LOCAL

    *Prayer Request Need for Juan

    ....adopted-Guatemalan, who lived with me from 2001-2003 asked me recently (4/12/04) for help. Particularly is praying for $200 to cover travel cost to Atlanta, GA for this rehab ministry (called "Blood & Fire") opportunity given by a Burnsville church connection with Lake Community Church in Alexandria. If you would like to be an answer to this prayer through financially, please contact goodnewsumm@hotmail.com.

    or
    Mail Check payable to "Blood N' Fire":
    Attn: Paul Styene
    471 Bryan St SE
    Atlanta, GA 30312
    paulsteyne@aol.com

    Thank You!

    What is Blood N' Fire? (homeless shelter
    -
    From the Heart, a music CD
    -Vineyard USA
    Outreach

    Ministries

  • LifeRight founded to provide a road back Morris Sun Tribune Published Saturday, November 24, 2007 By Tom Larson Sun Tribune

  • "After one of several trips to jail or prison, Mark Foss was amazed by the help he received from people who had no reason to do so.
    The helped him find a place to live, they lent him money to start a business. Most importantly, they got him to believe.
    Now Foss and other former area residents are striving to create a similar haven for others leaving prisons, jails or rehabilitation centers.
    LifeRight Outreach is planned as a home and faith-based program to help those getting back into mainstream society get a job and some productive, healthy order in their lives, Foss said.
    “It’s a place for them to learn to live and get back on their feet,” Foss said.
    Foss, a former Hancock resident, is acutely aware of what LifeRight’s residents might face. He spent years using and dealing drugs, and committing offenses which eventually led to long stretches of incarceration. He’s been through rehab many times and is indebted to the people who accepted his past and his resolutions to live clean and sober after he was last released from prison in August 2005.
    Pat Conroy, who’s known Foss since their boyhood days in Hancock, and Dean Peterson, the former owner of Hancock’s telephone company and a former neighbor of Foss, are on LifeRight’s board of directors.
    Pastor John Taplin, of New Life Christian Church in Alexandria, also is a supporter of Foss and the LifeRight ideal. See sidebar story below.
    “I’ve seen God do some awesome things in Mark’s life,” Peterson said. “Here’s a guy, the down-and-out of the whole world. Now, he’s doing some great things.”
    LifeRight Outreach has received its federal I.D. number and is in the process of establishing its non-profit status.
    But the greatest challenge lies ahead: fundraising to purchase and fix up a home for LifeRight’s residents.
    The house will be home for six to eight people, and Foss will be responsible for managing the operation.
    “It’s going to be a challenge,” Peterson said.
    Part of that, they all admit, will be Foss’ past.
    “We know people are going to think it’s another scam from Mark,” Peterson said. “They’ve seen him screw people over his whole life. But he’s sincere and when he asked me to be on the board I said I would help out any way I can. I have a desire to help these people and the reason I’m willing to do it is that I’m excited by what happened with Mark. It’s a miracle.”
    Conroy echoed those sentiments.
    “Outreach to this population sounded like a worthy cause to me,” Conroy said. “So when Mark asked me to help get it started, I said yes. Enthusiastically.”
    Foss said his experiences will serve him well, both as a credible influence on people who are walking in his shoes, and in the management of LifeRight.
    “If people coming in are sincere, we’ll work with them,” Foss said. “If they’re just trying to get over, they’re out. We don’t have the funds to have screw-offs in there. I can see through the smoke screens because I used some of them, if not all of them. I probably invented some of them.”
    LifeRight will not be a sober house, nor will it, technically, be a half-way house program. Christian teaching will be part of the educational message, Foss said.
    “In my trips through prison, when I got out, I was fortunate that I had Christian friends who helped me get a house and a job,” Foss said. “That was paramount to me staying clean -- I didn’t have to worry about those things. Most people, when they get out, they have no choice but to go back to their old neighborhoods and maybe their friends who are still using. You have to get them out of that environment.”
    Even once out, however, no one is expecting instant and total success, Conroy said.
    “I think our eyes are wide open about the difficulties we’re going to encounter,” Conroy said. “With this population, it’s not a slam dunk incorporating them back into society. But I think we’ve got to try.”
    LifeRight, as with other projects Foss has undertaken in the area, have received the support of law enforcement, Conroy said.
    “Whatever we’re able to accomplish with LifeRight is such a small piece of the answer,” he said. “But law enforcement has been so supportive of whatever might cut recidivism, which is our goal.”
    If, Foss said, that can be done by teaching LifeRight’s residents “a new way of Christian living,” the project will be a success. And there’s no lack of people seeking and needing it, he said.
    “It takes six months for somebody to learn how to live on their own responsibly,” Foss said. “We could have people in there right now. There’s no shortage of people or families of people coming out of prison.”
    For more information about LifeRight, or to make donations, contact Foss at (320) 766-0233; Conroy at (218) 736-5075; Dean Peterson at (320) 634-5414; or Taplin at (320) 808-6795.

    "Prison Outreach" Group of Men (must be over +21) went to minister to some of the 1,200 maximum prison (Prairie Correctional Facility-CCA) population in Appleton (Swift County), MN (1 hour west of Morris-map) by playing basketball, board games, etc… every other Mondays for awhile in 1998-1999.
    Note: During the time we went there in 1998-1999, there were prisoners from Hawaii and Wisconsin
    Contact: Neil, who currently goes there every other Mondays of Morris Community Church
    The Appleton prison shouldn't be funded, James Bordewick Editor-in-Chief (UMM Register)
    "Private prisons exacerbate the prison epidemic, creating more economic demand for crime. The number of prisoners in the US is already increasing at an alarming rate. In 1970, the United States had 300,000 prisoners. Today's current levels are at approximately two million. Even adjusting for population, the levels of incarceration have increased over 40 percent. As a portion of the worldwide total of eight million convicts, the US has five percent of the total population, and 25 percent of the world's convicts.">
    Lack of Correctional Services
    "Appleton is a small farming community located in southwestern Minnesota, about20 miles east of the South Dakota border. The town was established in 1872 when thesettlers built a flour mill and a schoolhouse on the banks of the Pomme de Terre River.By the 1880s the town had become the area’s major distribution point for farmmachinery. Sustained by a booming farm economy founded on the production of wheatand the sale of farm machinery, Appleton thrived for a century until low grain prices andthe economics of corporate agriculture brought that era to a close. With foreclosures offamily farms and a population exodus to other communities to find jobs, farm equipmentstores were shuttered and the town appeared to be relegated to an inexorable decline.The Appleton City Coordinator, Bob Thompson, chased after a variety ofeconomic development schemes to restore the town’s employment base. Thompsonpursued plans for a gambling casino and a furniture manufacturing plant, before hittingon the prison development idea in 1989. By the spring of 1990, Thompson had recruiteda corporate board of directors to finance construction of the $28 million private prisonthrough sale of $5,000 revenue bonds. The prison development board would operateunder the aegis of the city council, with profits, if any, accruing to the city treasury. The -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 4 board was headed up by Mark Stromswold, the local “Culligan Man.” Major investorsincluded IDS Financial Services in Minneapolis, as well as the banks with local branchoffices in Appleton.The project developer was Dominion Leasing, an Edmund, Oklahoma-basedgroup that had gained the necessary experience through development of the nation’s firstcity-owned private prison in its home state. The firms that provided planning andarchitectural design were also Oklahoma-based, as was the construction contractor. Theoriginal proposal envisioned operation of 472 beds, a staff of 160, and a $3 millionannual payroll. Construction of the Prairie Correctional Facility was begun in November1990, with the opening slated for June 1992.Section 241.021, Minnesota Statutes, requires that the Minnesota Department ofCorrection inspect and license all facilities, public or private, for detention orconfinement of persons in the state. The city applied for and received a license to operatethe new facility as a medium security prison. The license required that the prisonmaintain at least a partial staff of 80 on the payroll before it could open for business. Nocontracts to house prisoners had been secured, however, and the facility was operatedwithout a revenue source at a loss of nearly $10,000 a day for more than 10 months.7In January 1993, the Appleton Prison Corporation officials approachedMinnesota’s governor with a blanket offer to either provide prison beds on a contractbasis, or to lease or sell the facility to the state. But Minnesota DOC managers had prisonexpansion plans of their own, already well underway, involving conversion of regionaltreatment centers at Moose Lake and Faribault. The offer was quickly declined.The following month the prison development board defaulted on a total of $1.5million in interest and principal payments which had come due. By this time the spectacleof a prison running on empty attracted international attention. Appleton was flooded withmedia, including reporters from both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.Michael Moore filmed a segment of his TV Nation show at the prison site, interviewingcorrectional officers and townspeople about the empty facility.Finally, in March of 1993, the board secured a three-year contract to houseprisoners from Puerto Rico. The start-up problems common to other “spec” prisons wereequally evident in early operations at the Appleton prison: prison officials were willing totake whatever inmates they could get; insufficient information from the Puerto Ricocorrections department impeded proper classification of prisoners; and inexperiencedstaff grappled with very seasoned, difficult prisoners. Added to this volatile mix werecultural and language issues stemming from the complete lack of familiarity betweenprison staff and prisoners. DOC licensing inspectors complained that the facility wasunderstaffed and lacked Spanish-speaking officers.8The experience over the next 19 months with these prisoners was extremelydifficult. There were riots. The FBI investigated allegations by ex-employees thatprisoners had been beaten and abused by a “Special Operations Response Team” wearing -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 5 black face masks. Within the same time frame, four wardens were hired and terminatedby the city.9By August 1994, a fifth warden, Hoyt Brill, had been recruited from Colorado,and a second contract had been secured to house prisoners from that state. By October,287 prisoners had been received from Colorado, and 100 more were on the way whenAppleton city officials decided to evict the Puerto Ricans, demanding that thegovernment of Puerto Rico remove them as soon as possible. Puerto Rican officialsmanaged to obtain a temporary restraining order to block removal of their prisoners, butultimately they were removed.Minnesota DOC officials expressed concern that housing units were not properlystaffed to accommodate the influx of new prisoners, sufficient vocational programs werenot available to them, and again, in-coming prisoners were not being screened withproper classification methods. They placed a temporary ban on acceptance of moreinmates until these problems were addressed.10After the removal of convicts from Puerto Rico the operational crises subsidedsomewhat. However, in July 1996, the Appleton Development Corporation remained indefault on the prison bonds, owing $26.7 million principal debt and $9.7 million inunpaid interest. Eventually Warden Brill was able to secure a multi-million dollar “bail-out” deal with the Corrections Corporation of America that allowed the non-profitcorporation to make good its obligation to the bond-holders on their original investment,with a one percent return. As part of the deal, CCA was granted rights for a $25 millionexpansion of the facility as they assumed operations. The same year, PCF was finallyable to secure a small contract to house Minnesota state prisoners under fundingexpressly appropriated for that purpose by the Minnesota legislature. A contract wasdrawn up for 95 beds at $55 per day.By the winter of 1998, when the University of Minnesota research teamconducted interviews with prisoners, CCA was housing inmates from a number ofdifferent state and federal sources and the daily prison population at PCF had reached1,250. Seventy were held under the contract with the Minnesota DOC. Almost 1,000were prisoners shipped in from Colorado, and the remainder were housed under contractswith Hawaii, North Dakota, and the US Marshals Service. About 2,700 Minnesotaprisoners were being held at the three medium-security public prisons, where theprisoners that comprised the matched comparison group were confined"
    Related Sites:
    Prison Talk

    Rehab

  • Regeneration Center, located in Alexandria, MN (other social services)

  • Contact: Dave Shonberg or at 320.759.1860
    *Alexandria Shelter 320.759.9820

    STATE

    Burnsville-Blood & Fire (Atlanta, GA)

    Facilities

  • Minnesota State Correctional
  • NATION

    Crime Reports

  • Bureau of Stats. Victim characteristics , from U.S. Dept of Justice
  • Crime
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Uniformed Crime Reports, from FBI
  • Ministries

    Forgiving the Unforgivable: Restorative Justice

    "A woman, backed by a Lutheran church, works with prisoners to provide restorative justice. In the video, a man who shoots a mother and father"s son works steps with the victim"s family towards healing and forgiveness"
    *see South Dakota

  • Beloved Incarcerated, Christian Pen Pals

  • -Tim's Testimony, a sucessful pen pal story that I mailed to a friend in jail
  • Koinonia House, serving ex-prisoners
  • Prision Fellowship Ministries
  • -
  • Angel Tree
  • Re Entry, testimonies from San Diego, CA
  • Books

  • Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out, book
  • Justice Fellowship
  • Testimonies

    Dan Lirette testimony from Crime to Christ

    "Dan Lirette was Born Again and Spirit Filled while yet a youth; his date of Salvation was October 27th, 1992, at the Madawaska Regional Correctional Center for youth, presently housing adults. From his pre-teen years until his conversion, Dan�s lifestyle was one of criminal behavior and wicked attitude of heart. Upon conversion, Dan�s life took a dramatic change from that of a criminal to that of a genuine Christian and also to that of a productive citizen. The change was so profound that Probation Services in Moncton NB, Canada, in conjunction with the New Brunswick Community College requested that Dan Lirette speak, via Campus College Radio, to several NBCC campuses across New Brunswick�rather than uplift the rehabilitaion services of the Canadian Justice System, Dan immediately, upon a student asking why his lifestyle had changed so instantly, replied, �It was neither the prison programs or any other Canadian Justice System program which caused my life to change�.it was Jesus Christ alone.� After being released early from the maximum security prison due to good behavior, Dan began studying the Scriptures from many various perspectives, from that of Fundamentalism right over into the Word of Faith Movement�s teachings and practices! Dan�s personal doctrinal stance is that of a Charismatic Fundamentalist, joining hands, so to speak, with those of genuine Biblical Faith, and crying out against those of a counterfeit type-faith. Called, equipped and licensed as a Minister under a reputed independant/non denominational Fellowship, Dan oversees the general functions of In Christ Ministries, allowing for the diversity of denominational affiliation with ICM while at the same time not allowing for Doctrinal compromise. That being said, we do not fail to mention a short time in Dan�s younger life where a brief �exodus�, so to speak, took place in which he was entangled in several cultic teachings (Word Of Faith) under the guise of Christianity; that said, he also strayed from fellowship and intimacy with the Lord for a time, having become disillusioned in what he thought was true Christianity, and to what he later learned to be a counterfeit meant to cause him to fall in his walk with Jesus Christ. Now, in this present time, at almost 30 years of age, Dan�s area of Ministry is varied, having earned several certifications, both in the secular field (trade) and in the Biblical field�yet, his personal �favorite� is Theological Study, Evangelism, Revival and Discernment, preferring above all, however, to preach the Gospel and see lost man come into relationship with Jesus Christ!"
    *see video
    Son of Sam/Son of Hope Part1

    "The powerful testimony of David Berkowitz featuring evangelist Steve Hill. The one thing that many can not and will not accept is that David, because of his confession of sin, has received the gift of eternal life. See David's new website at www.AriseandShine.org Special thanks to Jerri for sharing this video for the GodTube community to view"

  • Son of Sam, Child of God By Chuck Colson 9/2/1999 - A Serial Killer Finds Faith

  • "Twenty-three years ago, a spate of random murders paralyzed New York City. The killer left police a note, which read, "I am a monster. I am the Son of Sam." When the police finally captured the killer, David Berkowitz, he stretched his face into a macabre smile.
    But two weeks ago, on Larry King Live, we saw a different Berkowitz. King was interviewing him from a New York prison, and those who tuned in saw the former Son of Sam boldly witnessing to King about his faith in Christ, and even leading viewers in a prayer.
    The interview took place because of a new movie about Berkowitz, called Summer of Sam, which dredges up the whole nightmare again. But the film leaves out one of the most remarkable parts of Berkowitz's story--one he did not miss the opportunity to share with Larry King. About ten years ago, Berkowitz turned his life over to Jesus Christ. Berkowitz says he now wants nothing more than to lead others to Christ, and he's made two videos for that very purpose.
    The companies that produced the videos say Berkowitz doesn't get a penny from them. And they didn't produce them until they were sure the videos could not be used to help Berkowitz's chances of parole.
    THE GREATEST MIRACLE IS THE MIRACLE OF A GENUINELY CHANGED LIFE.
    In a video called "Son of Sam, Son of Hope," Berkowitz lifts his hands and says, "At one time, these hands were being used by the devil to destroy. But I thank God today for His great mercy that these hands are being used to touch lives."
    And they HAVE touched lives. The producers of the videos say they know of "dozens and dozens" of converted to Christ after watching them.
    It's a tremendous conversion story--one every bit as dramatic as that of another murderer, Paul of Tarsus. But whenever the news media talks about Berkowitz's changed life, it's with a cynical tone. Many reporters don't hide the fact that they think his conversion is phony, something he's putting on to improve his chances of parole.
    Why so much skepticism?
    The answer has to do with the way many of our elites view reality. Many of them believe in the philosophy of naturalism--the idea that nature is all there is, that there is no supernatural agent at work in the world. According to this view, miracles simply can't happen.
    Of course the greatest miracle is the miracle of a genuinely changed life. So when a Satanist like Berkowitz repents and follows God, there is no natural explanation. That's why such conversion stories rankle non-believers.
    Twenty-five years ago, the media couldn't believe it when the Nixon hatchet man became a repentant follower of Jesus. But Scripture affirms a God Who created the universe and everything in it--and Who therefore stands outside it. So when He intervenes-- in my life, or in the life of a murderer--it is, well, miraculous.
    If your friends saw the Larry King interview with Berkowitz, or watched the new movie about his life, help them understand how it came about that the Son of Sam became a child of God. And tell them, as well, about the God Who exists outside of His creation, and Who is able to do things that are truly controversial--and truly out of this world.
    [David Berkowitz's testimony is available online at http://www.inetworld.net/hutrcc/davidb.htm ] "

    -Bio:
    NY's Most Famous Serial Killer, from crimelibrary.com
    "The Letter
    Captain Joseph Borrelli of the New York City Police Department was one of the key members of the Omega Group. Operation Omega was the task force headed by Deputy Inspector Timothy Dowd to find the psycho who was killing women in various parts of the city with a .44 caliber handgun."

    Wikipedia
    "Berkowitz was born Richard David Falco in Brooklyn, New York, to Betty Broder and Joseph Kleinman. Broder was married to Tony Falco and had a daughter with him. Although Falco abandoned her, they never divorced. She later had an affair with the married Kleinman.[2] When Broder told Kleinman that she was pregnant, he told her to have an abortion. However, Broder had the baby and listed Falco as the father. A few days after his birth, he was adopted by Nathan and Pearl Berkowitz, a Jewish couple who reversed the order of the baby's first and middle names. David Abrahamsen writes that "David's childhood was somewhat troubled. Although of above-average intelligence, he lost interest in learning at an early age and began an infatuation with petty larceny and pyromania." Berkowitz's tense relationship with his father became even more strained, and he disliked the woman Nathan later married. Berkowitz joined the U.S. Army in 1971, and was active until 1974. He managed to avoid service in the Vietnam War, instead serving in both the U.S. and South Korea. Afterward, he toyed with Christianity[3], briefly and enthusiastically described himself as born again. In 1974 Berkowitz located his birth mother, Betty Falco. After only a few visits, she disclosed the details of his conception and birth, which greatly disturbed him. She had been having an affair with a married man when she became pregnant. Subsequently, they fell out of contact with each other. However, Berkowitz did stay in touch with a half-sister. Berkowitz worked at several jobs, and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service at the time of his arrest....
    While in jail Berkowitz became a born again Christian and said that his obsession with the occult and pornography played a major role in these murders. He sent a letter to New York governor George Pataki asking that his parole hearing be canceled, stating, "I can give you no good reason why I should even be considered." In June of 2004, he was denied in his second parole hearing after he stated that he did not want one. The board saw that he had a good record in the prison programs, but decided that the brutality of his crimes called for him to stay imprisoned. In July of 2006, the board once again denied parole on similar grounds, with Berkowitz not in attendance at the hearing. He is very involved in prison ministry and regularly counsels troubled inmates.
    In June 2005, Berkowitz sued his former attorney Hugo Harmatz. The attorney took possession of letters and other personal belongings from Berkowitz in order to publish a book of his own. Berkowitz stated that he would only drop the lawsuit if the attorney signed over all money he makes to the victims' families. On October 25, 2006, Berkowitz and his attorney settled out of court. Hugo Harmatz finally agreed to return properties to Berkowitz's present attorney Mark Jay Heller, and to give part of the profit made by his book to the State Crime Victims Board."

    -Movie:
    IMDB
    "This is a great film which almost completely accuratley shows the Son of Sam murders. I know, i was so impressed by the portrayal of Sam in the movie that I looked up David Berkowitz- the Son of Sam- and realized that Mr. Lee had taken every line and murder sequence word for word and scene for scene from the actual events. Spike Lee makes Berkowitz look like a sick man and even gets into the head of Berkowitz so deeply that at times you start to thin your crazy. Although the Son of Sam murders are only the backdrop for the main story of which is the story of a Bronx neighborhood where drugs and prejudice of those who are different reside. When it is discovered that the Son of Sam is attacking near neighborhood these factors become larger as everyone who isn't a "regular" Itallian American becomes a suspect"

    GLOBAL

    Music

    -Philippines
    "Thriller" (original upload)

    "1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice! This is not the final routine, and definitely not a punishment! just a teaser."

  • Algorithm March with Prisoners, from youtube.com

  • " Algorithm March by 967 inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC)Cebu, Philippines"
  • "Do the Hustle" (The Dance), from youtube.com

  • Radio Gaga with Prisoners, from youtube.com

  • " Inmates of CPDRC Philippines dancing the Radio Gaga by the Queen"

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