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Website gives inmates voice to apologize

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Offering an apology doesn't right all wrongs, and forgiving does not erase the pain, but "The Apology Project" is bringing the wounded one step closer.

The Apology Project is the creation of Joe Baker, a man incarcerated in a Tennessee prison for over 20 years. With his family's assistance, Baker created a website for inmates like himself to apologize to their victims online, offering their "I'm sorry" in a non-intrusive way.

The victims of the crimes can then read those apologies, and if they wish, offer a response.

Joe Baker is using the website to show other inmates that a life of crime does not have to define who you are. By working to make amends, Baker is rejecting the notion that his conviction means he's doomed to live an unproductive life.

Baker's apology profile indicates he was convicted of murder and armed robbery, both incidents that occurred at convenience stores.

He writes, "I apologize to my victims and my family because my criminal behavior changed their lives unfairly forever."

Most of the offenders that have taken advantage of the site were incarcerated in Tennessee, but the idea is catching on with one individual from California apologizing for a "crime of passion."

You can read Baker's full apology on his website, theapologyproject.com.

Baker has also written two books. "Thinking Outside the Fence: A Guide to help your incarcerated loved one in their quest for rehabilitation and reconciliation" is a guide for family members and friends of offenders.

He has also written "Thinking Outside the Fence: Workbook for Offenders" which is a program he created for inmates.

"This program is a guide to help offenders transform their lives. The lessons in the workbook promote a strong relationship with God, apologizing and making amends to their victims, and helping the offender to become a positive and responsible member of society once they are released," adds Baker.

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