Letter from the editor
by Jeffrey Hillard
I never expected to awaken at 2:00 a.m. in 2005 with a vision.
I suspected it had to be an awakening of some degree, because ever since I got an idea of what this webzine might be, I’ve not gone one day without thinking about it, about its potential, or about the stories we’re destined to cover across the world.
I’ve spent the last seven years mentoring formerly incarcerated individuals or volunteer teaching in prisons and jails. In the process of upgrading my knowledge of the criminal justice system, I’ve met many people affiliated with the System (whether incarcerated or not) whose work, lives, achievements, and stories are as amazing and miraculous as one can imagine.
The news stories I’ve come across need your attention. They deserve to be spun through your printer. Forward them to friends. It’s as if God has said, “Jeff, now get ‘em out, these stories. Get them down. Alert the world to what I’ve been doing. A lot of these people have been written off, cast aside, glossed over. We’re not forgetting them.”
Recently I heard a talk radio host say, “I really wish I could read more Comeback Stories. I think we need them.
”You could say RED! is full of “Comeback Stories.
”We believe in serving. We want to help construct a bridge of writing from prisons and jails to the outside world, projecting the voices of individuals who have experienced a changed life in a positive way.Thank you for joining in. Thank you for believing in the vision. Thank you for reading.I still wake up at night thinking about what RED! can become. This is The Breakthrough ‘Zine.
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Publisher & Editor – Jeffrey Hillard
Web Editor – Christine Grote
Copy Editor – Chelsea Hillard
Editorial Consultant – Dr. Robert Bodle
Research Assistants – Dr. Judy Singleton, Penny Brooks, Regina Krahenbuhl
Senior Writers – Brenda Huff, Tiffany Peterson, Paulette Lewis, Belinda C., James Dayton, Jessie Mabrey
Staff Writers – Stephanie Brokaw, Amy Hand, Vicky McDonald, Amanda Ridner
Photography & Multimedia – Gregory Goldschmidt, Christine Grote, William Lambers, Tom Ciulla, Grant McDonald, Ben Slabach
Artist – Kristina Stegman
Technical Assistants – Christine Grote, Gregory Goldschmidt, Chris Boland, Chad Montag, Dr. Robert Bodle, Ben Slabach
Business Assistants – Robert Mendelsohn, William Lambers
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