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Reformed Rascals, and a Lesson for the Rest of Us

Jason Demetri
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Sometimes it’s the people we assume are the most broken that have the most to teach. The Other Side Academy is a life-training school for people with long criminal and addiction histories. Students commit to a minimum of a two-year residency — many as an alternative to incarceration — and from there undergo one of the most rigorous regimens of moral recalibration out there. The community’s secret to thriving? 200% accountability. As we all wrestle these days with heightened questions of authority and trust, power and truth, justice, and reform, this school of former felons has something to say.

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