Day parole granted to notorious killer biker who became a Buddhist

From The Gazette (Montreal)

A former Hells Angel who played a leading role in one of Quebec’s most notorious crimes has been granted day parole while he continues to serve five life sentences for murdering members of his own gang.

During a National Parole Board hearing held at the Federal Training Centre in Laval yesterday, Réjean Lessard said he is far removed from the life he led in the early 1980s when he was president of the Hells Angels’ Montreal chapter and helped orchestrate the slaughter now known as the Lennoxville Purge.

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Book Review: Razor Wire Dharma

“Razor Wire Dharma” written by Calvin Malone
Published 2008 by Wisdom Publications

“When we take the time to know people around us, it becomes easier to extend compassion and loving-kindness to them. Those who are in prison and seem different are simply people who need the same kindness everyone else is seeking. No matter what they did, who they are, what they look like, or how they act, like all of us, they want to be happy.”

When you think of a prisoner, what vision does this bring about in your mind? Many people envision a “hardened criminal”, someone who “should be locked behind bars, and have the keys tossed away”. They may also think this same person cannot change, and will not change. This book is a perfect “wake up call” for those with unsafe assumptions, especially to the one’s that believe prison is the be all end all for a “criminal”.

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