Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"FROM BEHIND BARS" - A Series, Part 63

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This is the sixty third in a series of letters written to and from someone currently in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction.  Three times per week, Mon., Wed., and Friday, one letter will be published until we catch up to the present day, at which time letters will be published as they are received.

In this issue, our correspondent talks about is pen pal's new job, the prison system's non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 2010 Glen Beck Rally, the former new cellie's betrayal of trust, eating fresh tomatoes from the garden.

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.


As time went by, the letter 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 middletowninsider@gmail.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 writers' identities will never be disclosed.  That info will forever remain confidential.

Editor
Day X





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