When Justice Fails
November 15, 2019
Hosted by Annette Smith and Myrna Thatcher
William, a former deputy sheriff, was charged with sexual contact with an inmate. Even today William states he did not commit the crime even though he did the time. William served two years and three months in prison and remains on parole for 20 more months. Several times the justice system offered plea bargains which would have prevented him from being incarcerated or shortened his sentence. Each time William. He was not going to confess to a crime he did not commit. In prison, William started out in protective custody because of his prior vocation but then he asked to be put in general population (GP). There was an enormous chance that an inmate in GP was one William arrested. Why would a former deputy sheriff ask to be placed with all the other inmates? Why? He was a certain target! William's story is the first of a three part series: Sex Offender, Murderer, and Drug Trafficker. Three Separate Criminals, One Commonality.
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We give a voice to the voiceless, to those who can't or won't speak out for themselves. We speak up for the rights of all those who are poor and needy. These include people who are and have been sexually abused, who are and have been physically abused, who are suffering with addictions, who are in unhealthy relationships, who are bullied and are the bullies, who are suffering from mental illness, who are deemed by society as unloveable and who feel hopeless. Our social services are overworked and understaffed, so when people are being abused or are in difficult life situations, many times they feel they are not heard. Our program provides a platform for their voices, suggestions for the situations and hope for tomorrow. Often times a person just needs someone to listen. With the right understanding and by opening up to someone who has similar life experiences, one can see there is hope. Life doesn't have to end. You can embrace and trust someone one small step at a time.
Annette Smith and Myrna Thatcher
Myrna Thatcher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been in private practice for 23 years. Seventeen of those years she has partnered with Annette Smith who is Certified in Adlerian Psychology and is a Lay Christian Advisor. Annette's life experiences intertwined with Myrna's professional training create a unique healing experience for clients. Together they authored a book which details Annette's horrendous childhood and the long journey of how God turned her curse into a blessing. When you walk alongside sexually abused children who crawl in your lap, cry and tell you their stories, or you have an adult sit in your office, look in your face, call you a friend, then walk out and shoot himself, it gives you enough experience to know what you are looking at. We have had years of practice of talking to people who are so low, broken and hopeless, that we have to literally reach down and pull them from death's door. Sometimes you take off your professional mask and cry with the client, letting them know you are a human being who cares. The reason we are doing this show is to let everyone know that someone cares. There is a lifeline who they can call. Grab us. We'll listen. We'll talk with you and give you the hope you need. Some of these words are also coming from a person who tried to commit suicide three times, who was on her last hope and also had to reach out and finally found someone who would reach back. We have a Mighty God who will speak the words through us.