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Inland Journal, Jan. 30, 2020: WW II Letters, LFOs and Talk About Religion

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, a Spokane man has created a book based on his father’s letters home as a soldier fighting World War II in Europe.

“When my father was drafted in the Army, he made a promise to his folks that he would write whenever he could and he kept his promise, based upon all these letters. This is just a smidgeon of what he wrote because this is just to his folks and the siblings that were still under roof there.”

Many formerly incarcerated people are buried in debt due to the court costs and interest imposed during their time in the legal system. We’ll talk with the leader of the group “I Did the Time” about a day devoted to reducing those people’s debts.

“They’ll go in, they’ll serve their time and they’ll go in with $1,500 and they’ll come out with $15,000. And when you’re in re-entry and you’re living with a felony conviction, it’s really hard to get a job. It’s really hard to rebuild your life and get back on your feet.”

And we’ll talk with Tracy Simmons from Spokane Faith and Values about her work to promote reporting on and talking about religion.

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