Today I found out that another friend got a parole date. His eyes were bloodshot red from crying as he told me, “Paul, the parole board found me suitable today.”

That’s wonderful news and I’m happy for him. He asked me when am I going to the board. I had to tell him that I am not scheduled for another 18 years.

He tried to cheer me up. He said, “Well, you know things are changing.”

That’s true. This past year three of my friends who had life sentences were found suitable by the parole board. That wouldn’t have happened ten years ago. Things like that give me hope.