By Julian Glenn Padgett, Staff Writer
For a decade Rochelle Edwards has counseled San Quentin inmates through her program Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG). Now preparing to move on, Edwards shared with us what she has learned about healing, redemption, insight and forgiveness.
Edwards started VOEG in 2004 with one group and has since established 28 groups across the state. “Over the years working with prisoners who’ve been through the program and survivors, together we’ve continued to improve on the VOEG curriculum, to make it what it is today,” said Edwards.
“Forgiveness is important for everyone, regardless of the degree of the transgression. And it’s most important for the forgiver, the person doing the forgiving.”
She thinks that in a healthy society we need to figure out how to integrate members who have caused harm and been harmed, instead of furthering alienation between them. She says this is what continues the cycle of offense and alienation.
Click here to read 'Rochelle Edwards Transitions Out of VOEG’s Leadership Role' in the San Quentin News. The article can be found on page 2.