DeForest receives Star Award

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It has been referred to as a forgotten world as nearly 2.3 million adults are in federal, state and county jails and prisons across the U.S. They are locked up from the outside world and many are without a changed value system or a chance of being civilized before they come out. 
 
That is until people like Dick DeForest of Cuero who seeks to change an inmate’s perspective and to give them hope.
 
“I don’t look at their crime. I look at their heart and help them to have a changing heart,” DeForest said.
 
DeForest was born and raised in Seadrift from generations of shrimpers. He left home at 17 years old to join the Navy and retired after 22 years of service. After living in Spain as a civilian for three years he moved to Santa Fe to start a career in the New Mexico Department of Corrections. He first served in Santa Fe as a correctional officer on death row. 
 
Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View.
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