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In this issue, our correspondent talks about his petition to the state supreme court for an appeal, having to sue for medical treatment, losing a cell mate after 21 months, getting married, the changing leaves, etc.
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.
These 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.