It’s unfortunate that so many prisoners think that the only way to a better life, to a moral life, is through religion. Morality and religion are so entangled that people associate atheism with nihilism (of having no values at all). Absurd, of course, but absurdity has never made a belief uncommon. It’s unfortunate because I don’t think religion (particularly Christianity) really addresses the issue of fundamental change. One says the magic words, gets their automatic forgiveness, and then they are supposed to be different. But change just doesn’t happen like that. It doesn’t happen automatically because you make a declaration, or because you grow up, or because you have a reason to be good. It’s something you have to work on in yourself. It’s tough, but it’s necessary, and it WORKS.