Sean Poulton, November 19th, 2012
A lot has happened since I last wrote. I’ve been working diligently on my fantasy fiction novel but it’s discouraging not having access to a typewriter or word-processor. I still find it hard to believe you can buy tv’s, radios, video games and other crap but you can’t buy or possess something that can be so positive. But it seems like the prison system has turned away from reformation and now it’s a matter of locking us up and “storing” us as cheaply as possible until our outdates. They seem to forget that since they’ve taken all our jobs, all our educational opportunities, our social events and since they make it so difficult to speak to or visit our family and friends that it’s not worth the hassle, now we are going to get out and be uneducated, unprepared to work and without any family relations. So where does that leave a person? I’m one of the lucky ones. My family will drive four hours, sit in a hot, loud and dirty waiting room for two hours, then get felt up just to see me for 60 minutes. A lot of people don’t have that or their people can’t afford it. It costs my people about $60 to visit and that’s if they don’t have to take off work and they pack a picnic-style lunch.
Why give prisoners access to TVs but not typewriters? Wow, well said.