Below is a video testimony given at "The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values" Boston service on August 1, 2016, about the need for respecting human dignity. A summary transcript of the video follows:
My name is Kendal Edwards and I grew up in the Lenox St. projects. I was arrested for conspiracy to violate drug trafficking laws. When I finished probation, I got my GED and tried to get a job, but the employers could only see the "crime", not the person. Society must look beyond the mandatory sentences and understand the context of the situation. We must value the life of each person. We must learn not to stereotype people because of a criminal offense without seeing the entire person.