Reducing Violence from Within: Finding Quakerism Through Incarceration

Khary Bekka comes from a religious family—his grandfather was a Baptist minister and his grandmother was a fervent Pentecostal. “So I was basically a church boy,” he recalls, “went to Sunday school and everything.” Shortly after turning 18, though, he participated in a gunfight where an innocent bystander was shot and killed. Khary received a sentence of 25 years to life, and his faith in God plummeted. 
Years later, while incarcerated, he was doing research for a book he planned to write about the Civil War, and the Quakers kept coming up in his reading. Curious, he began attending Quaker meetings at Sing Sing, and describes the feeling he got out of silent worship as like a battery pack being recharged.

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