By MIKE KLEIN
Prisons do not need walls. High unemployment, low education, blight, depression, desperation and deprivation can become easy substitutes for bricks and mortar. Simply because someone completes time inside prison walls going home does not guarantee new hope and a new life.
Ex-offenders often return to “some of the poorest neighborhoods and urban centers and rural towns throughout America and the city of Griffin in Spalding County, Georgia is no exception,” said Theo Harris when he recently addressed the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. Harris wears many hats in his community, among them, member of the Griffin-Spalding Reentry Task Force.
Standing before a large mural filled with multi-colored stick pins, Harris showed Council members four Griffin census…