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Comments on: Mike (cont’d): Life Lessons and Questions https://cheriebombell.com/mike-continued-life-lessons-and-questions/ Kids Behind Bars, Geneva Illinois Sun, 04 Jul 2010 08:41:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 By: Cherie Bombell https://cheriebombell.com/mike-continued-life-lessons-and-questions/comment-page-1/#comment-57 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 08:38:59 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=379#comment-57 Brenda, I don’t know what happened to ‘Mike’ over time. I’d love to know he lived a happy life. I heard from him several times after he was paroled which I’ll write about. I never saw myself as making decisions for others but I realize now, my position carried some power to influence people. I hoped I was showing people they have options and the power to make decisions about their lives. A bit naive on my part – it wasn’t that easy for poor kids with few options and opportunities.
This was about 1974 and Mike was the first person to leave campus on day leave – possibly the only one. Maybe I was more persuasive than I thought at the time!

By: Brenda https://cheriebombell.com/mike-continued-life-lessons-and-questions/comment-page-1/#comment-54 Sat, 19 Jun 2010 01:09:45 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=379#comment-54 Cherie, what happened to Mike? It must be hard being in your position having to make decisons for others well being. Mike was brave to at least go out there and try. I hope he found himself and is living a happy productive life now.
Geneva must of changed a lot after I left if they were letting inmates leave to go to school. Leaving the grounds would of been something to look forward to especially if you could go to school off campus.