Cyber Apology

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After a past that included drug use and prison time, Jim Jones of Lincoln has turned his life around 180 degrees.

Back in 1989 Jones walked into a gas station, a fast-food restaurant and three convenience stores and demanded money.

Today he is found of Oasis, a year-old program that allows victims and offenders to communicate via a Web site, without the fear or anxiety of an in-person meeting. Jones says face-to-face meetings also can be arranged through the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

Oasis recently celebrated its first anniversary.

The program is off-limits to inmates convicted of sexual assault, domestic or child abuse or any other crimes that involved minors.

So far, some 200 Nebraska inmates have attended Jones' workshop, which is a prerequisite for inmates who want to participate on the Oasis Web site.