Step One: Highlighting the impact of crime on victims and the continuing ripple effect of the crime. The murder of my son Tariq did not end there, 7 years after his death Jennifer, his fiancé, committed suicide which ended her parent’s marriage. Still 24 years later the pain of that fatal night continues to surface during birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. Every time another young person is killed the nightmare continues. It is important that inmates fully understand the depth of the pain crime causes.
Step two: I teach self-forgiveness through a process of redemption which has the following steps:
(a) Take responsibility for your crime;
(b) Ask forgiveness of the victims and the victim’s families;
(c) Change your criminal behavior and;
(d) Redeem yourself by making sure other young people do NOT follow in your previous footsteps that brought you here.
This essentially provides them with a powerful recipe of self-forgiveness and redemption fully supported by the effective and important tools taught by the LCP program.