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Letter: Message of hopelessness

I am writing to address the pardon hearing granted to me by the governor and Executive Council a month ago. I have had a lot of time to think and figure out what it meant – that is, what my work in law enforcement has meant to those who have made mistakes.

I’ve listened to people comment, and the theme I hear most is that my story has made people realize it’s not worth trying. Even though I worked hard and moved forward from my own mistakes, made it through college and even became a corrections officer in New Hampshire, the distance I traveled was not far enough to enter the land of forgiveness.

I couldn’t see any harm in asking for forgiveness. I knew it would be a long road, but I was okay with that. Good things come to those who work hard. If I wasn’t granted a pardon, I figured it couldn’t be that big of a deal, but it was. I never imagined there would be a message that would make national news – a message of hopelessness sent to the 2.3 million who are locked up. That message can not be interpreted any other way.

I hope New Hampshire takes a chance in the future to send a better message, one that can inspire hope and encourage those who truly need it. Thank you, citizens of New Hampshire, for your support. It was felt and continues to inspire me.

THOMAS SCHOOLCRAFT

Seabrook

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