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September 5, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Behind an unprepossessing storefront in the Plaza Pasadena mall, near the food court, a first-rate theatrical company is evolving. Pasadena Shakespeare Company's great promise is on ample display in its bang-up, thoroughly entertaining production of "Our Country's Good," Timberlake Wertenbaker's somewhat attenuated drama about the first group of British convicts sent to Australia. Capt.
April 20, 1993
What an outrage to open the front page of the paper (April 18) and see the very evident display of jubilation the members of the First AME Church felt when the Rodney King verdicts were announced. Will you print the same type of picture with L.A. residents (only this time it will be white people) gleefully holding hands in celebration of a verdict that convicts all three Reginald Denny assailants? This is just one more example of how the media fan the flames of prejudice and hatred.
December 13, 1987
Concerning the controversy surrounding poetry, I'd like to add a bit of information I received from a county librarian. The county maintains small libraries within many local correctional facilities. A county librarian, who had conducted some research to find out which books the inmates checked out most frequently, told me that, in order of preference, convicts like to read books of poetry, books on calligraphy, and the novels of Louis L'Amour. When I asked how she might account for this, she guessed--and it was only a guess--that perhaps inmates chose books of poetry as their first preference in reading because poems are able to express certain emotions that they themselves feel, and, wishing to express these emotions to a loved one, they might even quote lines during visits or in letters.
October 28, 1990
In response to your editorial "The New Labor Force: Jailbirds?" (Oct. 15): I agree that Proposition 139 should be defeated. However, a great deal could be done to rectify our penal system. Our prisoners do not have to work. Because of ancient legislation in favor of industry and labor, our prisoners cannot compete with private business. It is time for this to be changed. In some states the prisoners produce much of the furniture, supplies, clothing, food and maintenance of the plant for their own and public agency use. They even supply the labor to construct new prisons and facilities.
May 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
After 38 years, Michael Robert Smith figured no one was still looking for him. He escaped from the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, Calif., on June 7, 1968, after serving three years of a five-years-to-life sentence for robbery. He headed first to Nevada, then New Jersey and into a marriage that didn't work out, and finally five years ago to a tiny travel trailer in a heavily wooded area of Creek County, Okla.
February 10, 2013 | By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times
ROME - "For our next play, it's either Xenophon, Aristophanes or 17th century French comedy - and I would like some opinions," said the director to his troupe. The actors sitting around a theater in Rome had just settled in to discuss future projects - and to mull over how the last production they participated in became a film that had narrowly missed out on being an Oscar nominee. Keeping an eye on proceedings was a guard, since every performer was a convicted mobster or drug trafficker and the theater was in Rome's high-security Rebibbia prison.
March 10, 1995 | CHARLES (E.Z.) WILLIAMS, Charles (E.Z.) Williams is a former editor of the San Quentin News and Soledad Star News. He is serving a seven-years-to-life sentence at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo for a 1978 murder. and
With the interminable sentences being handed down and with positive, productive programs scaled back, convicts in California increasingly have little hope for the future. Now Gov. Pete Wilson wants to undo the program that allows overnight visits between prisoners and their spouses, children, parents and siblings. Begun more than 20 years ago by Gov.
January 26, 1986 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Under the guard of U.S. marshals armed with sawed-off shotguns to prevent a possible mass escape attempt, a half-dozen of the most dangerous men in the U.S. prison system were brought to Los Angeles last week to testify as witnesses in a prison murder case. The courtroom security was the heaviest seen at the U.S. Courthouse in years, and the story told by the convicts assembled from prisons throughout the nation was every bit as rough as the reputations of the witnesses themselves.
February 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The states have lost track of tens of thousands of convicted rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders who are supposed to be registered in databases, the child advocacy group Parents for Megan's Law said. After a recent report revealed that California authorities didn't know the whereabouts of 33,000 sex offenders, the group surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia about their registries. It said that states on average were unable to account for 24% of sex offenders.
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