A Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation for Helping a Man Make Lasting Changes

A Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation for Helping a Man Make Lasting Changes

From to time, we like to share letters written by the men and women in our correctional facilities. Our goal is to provide evidence-based rehabilitation programs to those in our facilities so that they leave our facilities and never come back. This letter was written to Warden Jeremy Casey of the Arizona State Prison-Marana. The author is Brad Keil.


“It would be regrettably inconsiderate and unappreciative if I did not take this time and opportunity to reflect and express to you and your staff of the sincere appreciation and gratitude that I have for the aforementioned in making the time that I served for my crime at Marana pleasant, comfortable and educational.

For this I will be forever grateful and will carry the benefits of your efforts forward into my life outside the prison walls as you have made my experience one of correction rather than imprisonment.

You and your staff have guided me to a sober life that I was admittedly unable to achieve prior to my detention here at Marana. You and your staff have given me the realization and education and discipline necessary to prepare and ensure that my return to society will confidently be successful and most importantly, I am extremely confident you all have equipped me with the necessary tools to not only remain sober and return to being a productive, active and cohesive attribute to not only society but to my family as well for which myself and my family will be forever grateful.

I came to Marana a mere shadow of the man, father, brother, friend and son that I once was, and you and your staff have provided me the environment, education, structure, opportunity and discipline that I was so desperately in need of to be that man, father, brother, friend and son that I once was.

Thank you for reshaping and remolding me to once again love the man in the mirror! May God richly bless each and every one of you.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge certain and specific staff members of your faculty for their standout performance in, most assuredly, going above and beyond their standard duty in their guidance and assistance in doing everything possible within legal and corporate business guidelines to ensure I received all the necessary tools required to reform and return an asset to society and most importantly, my family!”


Mr. Keil went on to thank several staff members for what they did to help him on his journey. These staff include Officer Gonzalez, Instructor Gonzales, Chaplain Rivera, Officer Green, and Officer Daily.


“I am sure that I have not mentioned all who have made this a positive experience for me like the kitchen workers and maintenance people behind the scenes or Ms. Genzman who seems able and willing to jump into any position and perform it exceedingly well. What would we do without her!

Thank you all so very, very kindly and so very, very much.”

About Arizona State Prison - Marana

Arizona State Prison-Marana is accredited by the American Correctional Association—
achieving 100% compliance for mandatory standards in its most recent audit. Other
accreditations and certifications include the Correctional Education Association,
National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), and the Prison Rape
Elimination Act (PREA).