Have you ever been in the witness protection program? Obviously, don’t answer that! This was a program created in the 1970s to protect people who would testify against dangerous criminals from harm. It is a very effective program with a 100% success rate (at least according to themselves) for those that follow the rules. The rules are quite strict. One is not allowed to make contact (except through controlled means) with prior friends or even extended family. They are to take on new identities, start new jobs, live in new places, and promise not to ever return to where they lived before. They have to lay aside everything about their previous life so their cover isn’t blown. This requires a definitive break, a cutting of all ties. Some find this easier to do than others. A large portion of the people in this program are criminals themselves (which is why they are able to testify as key witnesses to crimes!), and while they are obviously supposed to stop doing crime while in the program, between 10-20% go back to criminal ways, anyway.
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