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"the Voice Of A Prisoner"

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
October
Year
1974
OCR Text

Deai Siu: As an inmate at the Southern ühio Penitentiary at London, Ohio, 1 wish to comment un the present criminal situation. It seems that peopie on the outside tend t associate one type of people as being the people that inhabit our Prisons. One type of people, a notorious breed without ány consideraron or compassion for others in their heart. The tact is. convicts who are in prison beeause they are planned and delibérate "crooks", with the solé intention of living off of others to make Ufe easier fot themselves, these people are gravely in the minority. Most prisoners are realiyjust people like me and people iike you. People. who have acted irrationally at some potnt in time. only because they lacked the eapacity to do otherwise. so often due to plain frustration and bitter diseouragement. This is not to say that being frustrated discouraged, depressed, or t'inancially deprived justfies crime. Whether or not one could understand these factors as a motive for crime, 1 suppose could - depend on whether one is rich or poor, needy or wealthy, content or uncojHent with lifc, perhaps black or white. But at any rate, it is a bitter reality that most of us here are prisoners only because of our inabiJity to cope with those factors at one point in time. But the one basisingrediënt needed for most prisoners and myself to be able to deal with those factors so that we may function in society ís the plain and simple need to be known. the need to be likeci nced to be tinderstood, need to be loved, and the need to be cared for. And these needs could be fulfilied for any one of us by any one of you. Sincerely, Virgil Lumpkin No. 136099 Box 69, London, Ohio 43140