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Letters to a Lifer
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As featured in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

About the Author

Cindy Sanford is a self-proclaimed "tough on crime" advocate whose accidental meeting with a juvenile lifer prompted a re-examination of long held values and beliefs. She is a registered nurse, the mother of three sons and the wife of a Wildlife Conservation Officer. She lives in Bloomsbury, USA. The book contains a moving Foreword by Illinois public defender Jeanne Bishop whose sister was killed by a minor who, like Ken, received life without parole.

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'A powerful and touching narrative that illustrates the folly of life sentences for juvenile offenders...Sanford does an excellent job of tracking the emotional response she has to Ken as she learns of his history of childhood neglect and abuse and his attempts, through his artwork and care for birds in the prison, to demonstrate to the world the ways he has changed, and she does so in a way that had a huge impact on my own perspective. It is easy to assume that someone who has been convicted of a heinous crime should be locked away for life and to not think too deeply about the life and the humanity that is forever changed by the verdict'-- Juvenile Justice Blog.

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