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John Sage Podcast: Crime Victim, Founder & CEO, Bridges to Life (Texas) Sept. 14, 2018

Lisa Rea interviews John Sage. With great pleasure RJI brings this podcast to you. We honor John’s work today.

John Sage is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bridges To Life (BTL). Most of John’s professional life has been spent in the real estate and financial areas of business in Houston, Texas. But in 1993 John’s younger sister, Marilyn, was murdered. The two killers were apprehended and subsequently sentenced to the death penalty.


In 1998 after several years of trauma, rage, and grief, John participated in the Sycamore Tree Project, a 12-week in-prison restorative justice program first tested at a medium security prison in Sugarland, Texas using victims of violent crime and offenders—who are surrogates. (Real cases but unrelated.) This life changing experience inspired John to found Bridges To Life which empowers victims and rehabilitates prisoners. BTL seeks out victims of violent crime and embraces them as they experience pain, grief, and even rage. Under John’s leadership, Bridges To Life has experienced significant growth currently using over 750 volunteers annually, running its program in some 80 prisons and in at least eight states nationally.

Listen to RJI’s podcast with John Sage as he tells his story and explain what led him to start Bridges to Life. Lisa and John talk about the importance of in-prison restorative justice programming for crime victims and offenders. Hear how Lisa and John met at the Jester II unit prison in 1998 during the Sycamore Tree Project, one of the first intensive in-prison programs in the United States.

For more information on Bridges to Life go to their website @ www.bridgestolife.org

This is Lisa Rea for RJI.

 

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Patricia.

With the help of BRIDGES TO LIFE i would not have been to where i am today. I took the advice that facilitating this great project, you need to know first what restorative justice is? I have done my own research. I would like to thank John Sage’s book he made efforts that i recieve it. Although is not easy, four years i have been keeping the book with no success finally i met with the state Prosecutor, they are going to implement it here in SOUTH AFRICA, SOWETO.

    lisarea —

    Thank you for posting. This is good news from South Africa. You should also note that we have Pastor Jonathan Peter Clayton
    on our Global Advisory Council. He is in Cape Town. His ministry also does in-prison restorative justice work.
    If you would like to be in touch we can help. Best wishes–