Belynda: Being forced to wear a prison uniform does not make me a criminal

This is the time of year when many of us see our loved ones graduate from high school or college – a time when years of hard work can be celebrated with loved ones. Like far too many precious moments, Belynda was robbed of the chance to see her three children graduate from high school, her daughter graduate college, and her son graduate Marine boot camp.

Recently, Belynda was asked what she would want to say to those who are graduating who plan to pursue a career in criminal justice. Here are her words:

Being forced to wear a prison uniform does not make me a criminal. Nor does wearing a badge, suits and ties, or the robes of the court make anyone above reproach. It is the character within. You can make all the difference in someone’s life and you will one way or another. Simply put, please make sure that you can look yourself in the eye and know in your heart of hearts that your actions and motivations are upright, honorable, pure, and that you gave all that you had to give. One person can change the world. The mantle is heavy but if you wear it with truth, integrity, and honor then justice will be served.
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