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In this issue, our correspondent talks about his pen pal's trip out of state, starting school, a ban on porn, cartooning, the outrageous cost of phone calls (yes, they have to pay for calls out of pocket), the worsening food, and more.
Those following this series will observe that the letters started out rather "slow" but as time went by, they became more personal, revealing the emotional and physical distresses faced by those committed to Connecticut's prisons. These distresses are not confined (no pun intended) to just the prisoner, but extend to the prisoner's family and friends. And we pay for it.
Most of us likely don't know anyone who is incarcerated; much less do we correspond with someone who is. These letters are being submitted anonymously. They have been, and will be, redacted to protect the privacy of the writer and the writer's family and friends.
After examining the trial transcripts and speaking extensively to others who have first hand and intimate knowledge of the matter, I am of the opinion that this person is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted; his council being incompetent and ineffective. Please keep an open mind and take the letters at face value.
Anyone wishing to write to our correspondent may send a letter to me, at email@example.com and I will see it is forwarded. In the subject line, please put “Behind Bars” and address your letter to “Dear Pen Pal”. While I can’t promise a personal response, I will see to it that you get it, if you provide me with your mailing address. I will also publish your letters, both to and from, after first redacting any personally identifying information. The writer’s identity will never be disclosed. That info will forever remain confidential.