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This week Awesome Stories brings you humane prison reform.

Compassionate Prisons

APAC, prison reform, Awesome Stories A staircase from the APAC prison to the gardens where inmates are responsible for growing their own food. Photo by Michelle Ferng.

Brazil has the third largest prison population in the world, behind only the US and China, with a long history of violence, and a shocking 70% recidivism rate. Valdeci Ferreira was inspired to help during a prison visit in the 1980s. He was shocked at how bad the circumstances were in a system breaking down with overload, violence, greed, bankruptcy, and more. Valdeci decided to make it his mission to help transform the prison system by addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the inmates.

While researching what he could do, Valdeci came across APAC, the Association for the Protection and Assistance to the Convicted. APAC created a form of incarceration that focuses on rehabilitation, humanizing the punishment, and preparing…

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Guest Blogging on Compassion

from Poetic Parfait

When Women Inspire

Hi everyone! I’m over visiting with Barbara Franken today to talk about compassion. What does it mean to me and how does it relate to blogging? All that and more is up for discussion over at Barabara’s site Me, My Magnificent Self in the guest post.

Thank you to all who read and comment on the post there. I encourage you to follow Barbara’s site too as it is quite uplifting.

Also, I am grateful for the growing readership here at When Women Inspire. And the manuscript for my third book, which will be a collection of short stories, is coming along well. Being able to write for a living is truly a dream come true. And I couldn’t do it without the support around me, which includes each of you. Hugs.

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