The worst of the worst? I don't think so!
Former Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections Dan Heyns once referred to the people housed in our state prison system as “the worst of the worst!” I chided him on that, and he later recanted, in a private email to me. I wish Dan Heyns had been with me Saturday. A group of guys in the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, all part of a positive and exciting project called Chance for Life, were concluding a month-long emphasis on peace. And we’re not just talking world peace here. The focus of their Peace Initiative got right down to personal peace, peace between each other, and peace between inmates and staff. It was a day of guest speeches and special recognition. I was honored to deliver the keynote speech. But that’s not the reason for my desire to have Heyns there. Before my speech, as the program got underway, one of the presiding inmates read this statement about respecting diversity: The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and re