Every weekday morning beginning at 7 o'clock, the gate of Huntsville's Walls Unit opens, just slightly. Returned to society are a dozen or so prisoners who have completely discharged their sentences. As a parting gift, the state provides them with $50, the clothes on their backs and bus tickets. Those who aren't met by friends or family walk the two blocks to the bus station where they contemplate which direction to take their lives. Greeting them outside the station is an ex-con who refers to himself as "Brother Bill" Kleiber and refers to his calling as a bus ministry. He works for the Restorative Justice Ministries, which helps former inmates readjust to society after doing their time. "Welcome back," he tells the freshly released. "I am also an ex-offender. I... More >>>
Bill Kleiber (left) helps newly released ex-convicts, such as José Cibrian, to register to vote.