Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 6, 2012

Inmate offers apology


Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Dear Editor:

My name is John Yorn Jr., and I'm writing this letter to ask the Daily News to help me apologize to the Greensburg community for the trouble I've caused over the years growing up there.

I also want to apologize to the Decatur County Sheriff's Department and the Greensburg Police Department for the senseless act of dealing marijuana in 2010.

I own my mistakes, and I'm definitely paying my debt to society.

Most of my adult life, I've been involved with drugs. As I got older, I got more lost in the dope game. That lifestyle was never reality; I'm just beginning to figure that out.

This is the longest stay in prison I've ever endured, and after losing my father to a massive heart attack and my grandparents, the maturing into a real man has definitely taken its course.

I've been here almost two years now. Seeing my little boy and family hurt and struggle without me around to help has been another rude awakening.

I'm no longer mad about being here, because I've learned not to be selfish and to be grateful for the things I do have and for waking up everyday.

This letter is not a joke, nor is it an attempt to gain sympathy from the community. I truly apologize to the community of Greensburg and Decatur County for being a problem over the years.

If you could please run something in the Daily News, I'd appreciate it. I feel like this letter is a step in the right direction toward righting the wrongs in my life.

I have put 100 percent into the therapeutic community since I've been incarcerated, and it has led me to want to give back to my community in a positive way.

My family and I are not the only ones affected by my wrong doings.

Thank you very much for your time.

Respectfully,

John Yorn Jr.

Putnamville Correctional Facility