by Jennifer Mancuso
I learned about the 1981 Brink’s Robbery when I was introduced to Judy Clark at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. I was surprised to see her walk down the corridor with a swing in her step, smiling brightly. I noticed how many inmates, corrections officers, and volunteers stopped to say hello and return Judy’s smile. It became clear to me that she was an essential part of the prison community. I quickly understood: Here was a woman who has lived 34 years confronting her mistakes and her remorse, understanding deeply what she’s done and how it’s affected others, and who has existed day after day in the darkness of this cold place, but who has all the while spread love and light within.