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Founder's Take: Freedom Begins With Us

By Reginald Dwayne Betts, Freedom Reads Founder & CEO
Freedom Reads Founder & CEO Reginald Dwayne Betts signs copies of his book of poetry, FELON, after performing at Garden State Correctional Facility in New Jersey.

The paradox of incarceration is that if you’ve been inside, you desperately want to believe that the time you spent in those cells matters. You understand that you did more than weep in those cells, more than endure suffering. You know that you’ve nurtured anger and then figured out how to let it go, if you’re lucky. You know that you’ve discovered ways to forgive yourself, often long before the people in the world knew your name. You know you spent more hours than you know figuring out how to apologize, and then even more hours afraid to do it. And sadly, you know the world holds that work in slight regard.

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