It seemed to me that that it was ridiculous that young people coming into my court did not know how to read. It was ridiculous and I had the power to do something about it. None of them could read or do math better than the third grade level. What I did was, said, look: you're pleading guilty here, and I'm going to put you on probation. But I'm going to suspend your sentence, and this is what you're going to do: you can't read and write; it's very plain to me. If you enroll in an education program that I'm going to have at my court, you can get yourself evaluated from the Adult Education Program to see where you are. And I'm going to get you evaluated by a doctor to see if you're healthy. And you make a contract with me that you're going to participate in this program to the best of your ability; I'm going to get volunteers to help. And then, of course, I found out their lives. And I have to tell you, if I had had their lives, I most probably would have taken a machine gun and mowed everybody down from anger.
"My proudest achievement was that a group of people that went with me to the Soviet Union in 1999 was able to get the release of one family, from Vilna, where my husband's family was from. He is now in Canada where he was a scientist of some renown. I always thought I was worth something, after I got that together. Before I did that, I thought, well, maybe, but after that, I thought, I can really do anything!
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