Watergate Figure Among Recipients of Presidential Citizens Medal

WHITE HOUSE (AP) - Thirty-five years after leaving the White House in disgrace during the Watergate scandal, Charles Colson has returned to receive a Presidential Citizens Medal.

Colson, who became a Christian in prison and emerged to launch Prison Fellowship, was one of about two-dozen honorees recognized
by President George W. Bush in the Oval Office Wednesday.

Colson says he told Bush that he accepted the medal on behalf of those who, like himself, "have had broken experiences but know that redemption is possible."

Prison Fellowship ministers to prisoners, former convicts, crime victims and their families.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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