Yesterday, I completed a remarkable visit to Acorn Treatment. I saw some serial offenders confronting their own lives and the consequences of their actions, often criminal, on others. I also heard some of the atrocious things which they had suffered at the hands of others, including their own families.

I saw remorse, acceptance, struggle and transformation. There was real joy shining forth from those who have escaped cycles of addiction and crime and who are now looking forward to healthy relationships and productive lives of abstinence and lawfulness.

I’ll produce a longer article on the week, but I owe it first to the Centre for Social Justice, who kindly arranged the trip. Many thanks to everyone at Acorn for hosting me.

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