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Letter: Free calls for prisoners an absurd idea | Letters to the Editor

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For the editor:

I just finished reading the article about lawmakers asking for free prison calls. I think anyone who wants to make free phone calls with inmates should have their proverbial head examined.

I worked as a correctional officer out of state, in a prison that looked like a modern-day Alcatraz. It was one of only two federal detention centers in my state. We were given the toughest criminal in the whole world. Prisoners were still allowed to telephone, but they had to make collect calls. Whoever they were calling would foot the bill for that call. And all inmates were given time each day for free in-person visits, with restrictions.

Politicians and freephone advocates are expected to spend time behind bars as a trainee corrections officer for a week. Introduce them to prison life. I guarantee they will be a changed person in a day let alone a week.

Prisoners who complain wouldn’t do so if they hadn’t broken the law to begin with.

If you are going to play with fire then be prepared to pay the piper and do your time.

Enough of you people with your double standards. Prisons are not the place to enjoy life, so don’t break the laws and stay out of them. Go to work and pay taxes.

Bob Scimone

Methuen