Taking the step to mentor an ex-prisoner could be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.
It’s also an area where many volunteers find themselves in uncharted waters.
He protested his innocence to the end, although a security video was said to show him pawning jewellery belonging to Garza about 20 minutes after the shooting.
Eight months after Reginald's death Sandie continues to plead his case.
Prison Fellowship’s reentry program counselors have identified three significant pitfalls mentors need to be aware of when coaching mentees.
Most ex-prisoners are not ready to manage a romantic relationship in a positive way if they’ve never been in a healthy relationship before.
Ex-prisoners must navigate a myriad of new choices and they need a strong friend to help them along the journey.
You will need wisdom to help your mentee make positive decisions, as well as discernment to recognize signs he or she is headed down the wrong path.
Pérez says that virtual meeting developed into letter writing and a real connection.
"It's not very spectacular," according to 77 year-old retired Reverend Edwin Muller, who will officiate the wedding. I think they're allowed basically just a witness each."Muller's been involved with the New York state corrections system for more than 50 years.
He helps out with weddings when asked by inmates like Pérez, who participates in a prison support group he still oversees.
Pride of place goes to a photograph of Reginald in a Texas-themed frame, his gold-rimmed glasses resting on the table beside it.
Reginald Blanton was convicted of murdering his friend, 22-year-old Carlos Garza, on 9 April 2000 at Garza's apartment.