Van Jones The Redemption Project on CNN aired its final episode Sunday night, and we’re praying for a second season.
“I owe a debt that cannot be repaid, but I’m going to spend the rest of my life repaying that.” – The Redemption Project
The Redemption Project premiered April 28th, and provides a raw look at the restorative justice process.
As Van Jones so eloquently stated, not everyone gets to do a show that truly reflects their core values, but he did!
“It’s very rare that a television host gets to make a TV program in which every episode reflects 100 percent of her/his deepest values, core beliefs and true spiritual calling. But I got the chance to do just that — in prime time — this year with the #RedemptionProject on @CNN“
The Redemption Project follows victims, or surviving family members, of a life-altering crime as they journey to meet face-to-face with their
On one of the episodes a father forgave his 16 year old daughter, LoEshé Lacy killer, who also happened to be her childhood friend.
Chris Smith shared on the series that he thought he was opening fire on a rival gang as they sat in their parked car, not knowing Lacy was also in the car.
That night, he and three other Ghost Town members drove the streets of west Oakland. Smith says they were essentially on a hunt, searching for rival gang members to shoot and kill.They spotted a tan 1975 Dodge van parked near McClymonds High School, a car they thought was driven by one of their intended targets. Smith says they parked, walked up to the vehicle and opened fire.
What Smith says he didn’t know was that LoEshé Lacy was also inside that van. She’d caught a ride home after finishing her part-time shift at McDonald’s, and they’d stopped to listen to music when the gunfire began. Bullets struck her in the head and the neck.The next morning, Smith learned that he’d killed his childhood friend.
Lacy’s father, Donald Lacy revealed on the series that he had never healed from the murder of his daughter.
“Once I realized what I was holding in,” Lacy said, “I realized part of the thing that was blocking me was that I hadn’t forgiven him.”
Fast forward to 2018, and Lacy and Chris Smith agreed to sit down with the camera’s for Van Jones The Redemption Project at San Quentin prison.
With the camera’s rolling and face to face, Donald Lacy said,””I forgive you.”
We need more shows like this on the air!