When conversations fail

Violence is often preceded by prolonged  periods of silence. Effective dialog is crucial in averting disaster in any scenario. And most people who fail in dialog will revert to more crude methods.

Most inmates once held a job, paid their  bills, and remembered their friends’ birthdays. Then one day,  after allowing unresolved problems to build up and then boil  over, they attacked a friend, loved one, or neighbor. That’s  right, convicted first-time offenders are often not career crimi¬≠nals. They’re our frustrated neighbors. Since they don’t know  what to say or how to say it, they opt for force. In this case, the  inability to work through tough issues devastates individuals,  ruins families, and poisons communities.

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