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Treatment of Inmates Requires Investigation

June 09, 2003

Re "Guards Union Accused in Probe," June 3: For the nth time a story comes out of the Department of Corrections about mistreatment of inmates. Of course all the quotes are from state, or prison officials, or the guards union, never a word from the inmates. Why are the media not pressuring Sacramento to permit access to inmates? Reporters are kept almost completely out of the prisons and in the dark by state law. How can the truth be found if only one side of a story is heard?

Eventually most of these inmates return to society. Who wants an ex-con living in his neighborhood who has been mistreated in prison? Who wants a convict mistreated at all?

Bob Driscoll

Woodland Hills

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