Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prison A Test of Faith.(Final)

Byline: JIM BELSHAW of the Journal

Judy Bierbaum ran into a friend not long ago."He had just gotten out of prison ..." she said, and then laughed, a genuine, heartfelt laugh, the kind that comes when you have an appreciation for what just happened.

"Freudian slip," she said. "He'd just gotten out of the hospital, not prison."

Freud's little glitch came with baggage most people do not ever have to carry. In a few days, Judy Bierbaum is going to prison again.

Like the last time, the reality sneaks up on her at odd times.

"I was trying to wrap up paperwork at the office," she said. "I'm getting to the end of it and you know when you work on stuff like that because you're leaving town and you feel good about getting it done? …

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