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I'm going to use the recent conviction of Sheldon Silver as an example.

Synopsis / Context (esp. since the above link may become a "cobweb" link:

Silver, a 71-year-old veteran lawmaker who was once one of the most powerful politicians in the state, was found guilty of honest-services fraud, extortion and money-laundering for trading political favors to enrich himself and then lying about it.

He now faces a maximum of 130 years behind bars, although under federal sentencing guidelines, he will likely get no more than 20 years.

Since Sheldon Silver is Jewish, he probably caused a public Chilul Hashem. Many people will likely point to the fact that he is a corrupt Jew and will state that this is common Jewish behavior.

Lets say Mr. Silver gets a long jail sentence. Few will know what he is doing while he is in jail. How could he attempt to repair his reputation to the public so that they can see that he is trying to correct his sin?

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    I would expect the correct course of action in each case to be entirely dependent on the individual, the crime, the communal context, etc. – Isaac Moses Dec 3 '15 at 21:17
  • @IsaacMoses OK. I think one example may do as an answer. – DanF Dec 3 '15 at 21:18
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    but what may be a good idea in one set of circumstances may be a bad idea in another. – Isaac Moses Dec 3 '15 at 21:20
  • Isn't going to jail the tikun? – Craig Feinstein Dec 3 '15 at 22:26
  • @CraigFeinstein it may be the tikun. But, my question's focus is regardng repairing the public viewpoint. I.e. - if he's in jail and doing repeartion, who knows about it? – DanF Dec 4 '15 at 3:20
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According to Orchot Tzadikim (Shaar HaTeshuva), the problem with Chillul Hashem is that people see the practice and learn from it. Therefore the way to repair Chillul Hashem is to publicly exhort people not to learn from his ways and to publicly admit his guilt and explain what he is doing to atone.

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