Inmate Finds Forgiveness a Tough Issue in Criminal Justice


Arthur Seale knows he will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 1992 kidnapping and death of Exxon exectuive Sidney Reso. But he holds out hope that Reso’s family might forgive him.

The Christian Science Monitor examines the role of forgiveness in the criminal justice system.

Seale, who has earned a Ph.D. in psychological counseling from behind bars and now works with other inmates, says it’s crucial for those who have done wrong to at least seek forgiveness.

Those who work with victims say granting it is entirely up to those who have been wronged.


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