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Pendleton News

I am writing to you from inside the walls of Pendleton, the Indiana State Reformatory. Since November of 1991 we have gone through a systematic deprogramming. All programs have been abolished. Vocations, education, spiritual, and psychiatric for 80 percent of our population. Very few in the cellhouses remain employed in any capacity at all. We have dorms which are used as "launch pads" to propel offenders into over-crowded level 3 facilities. The absolutely worst part is that they have blocked access to every rehabilitative means available, even if purchased at personal expense (with the exception of two very expensive schools, which few can afford to pay). We earn absolutely no wages, and so on.

The administration has gone so far as to eliminate direct access to the law library, instead giving us offenders trained (what a joke) as law clerks. We can't even call our attorneys without a request in writing 14 days in advance for us to do so.

We are left with an unending drone of television. The only reading materials we can have are those mailed in by family members, while the 10,000-book reading library is completely beyond our access. We are confined in our cells nearly 23 hours a day (recreation is two hours, every other day). If your readers have any sources of information for us 2,000 men would be really grateful.

J. Ford #901029
Indiana Reformatory
P.O. Box 30
Pendleton, IN 46064

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