Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Prisoners' creative writing destroyed

Update: It's now being reported that the prisoners' writing was not destroyed.

This gets me angry. Because a prisoner in Connecticut, who's been in a creative-writing course in jail, has won an award for her writing - the prison decided to erase the hard drives that the writing of the 15 women inmates in the course were kept on. This means that "up to five years of work" has been destroyed.

This is a prime example of how the U.S. prison system is not interested in giving their slaves inmates a chance to escape the cycle of poverty. This particular case (like so many others) may serve to dishearten the inmates and discourage them from trying to better themselves. So much for "reform".

Seen at Boing Boing: Prison wipes creative-writing class HDDs after student wins PEN award.
(Copied from my postings to the Wayground Blog.)


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