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July 24, 2007

After The Offense

After The Offense

Nationwide, laws have been passed to locate registered sex offenders and push them out of neighborhoods - after all, who would want to live near someone who has committed these kinds of crimes?

But Tom Coles, who lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, has invited sex offenders into his own home. Unlike many, Tom believes in the possibility of redemption. Guest host Scott Jagow talks with Tom about how he got into his work helping to rehabilitate sex offenders, and what he has gained from it.

One of Tom's residents is Khris Page. Khris served 10 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct with children. He talks to Scott about how this living arrangement, combined with the rehabilitative programs he's in, help ensure that he will never offend again.

Into The Light

Barbara Huisman wrote in to The Story about her father's death and his experience with dementia. She said, "With dementia, the voice of a loved one begins to fade and in its fading, memories are all that remain."

After the family made the difficult decision to put Barbara's father in a nursing home, Barbara wanted to cancel an overseas trip she had planned. Her family encouraged her to go, though, and at a breakfast table in Switzerland Barbara felt connected to her father for the first time in years.

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